Early Learning Communities


ELC is an ongoing quality improvement program for early care and education providers delivered and supported by the United Way of Southeastern Michigan. The mission of the ELC is to prepare children for Kindergarten.

Program Model

The program model of the ELC focuses on knowledge practice and community and includes: navigation; training and instruction; play and learn groups; lending/resource libraries; peer-to-peer network opportunities; continual assessment of community needs; and outreach, recruitment and engagement. UWSEM establishes program standards and ensures program effectiveness.

Program Services

  • ELC Partners with United Way of Southeastern Michigan.
  • ELC Promotes and supports caregiver-child relationships and child development learning.
  • ELC Builds a well-equipped workforce of providers with a focus on unlicensed, subsidized providers and family, friend and neighbors; registered and licensed home-based providers; licensed center based staff.
  • ELC Empowers parents to understand and expect high quality early care education

  • Eligibility Criteria

    1. Parent of a child 0-8 years of age
    2. Child Care Provider
    3. Licensed Home Provider
    4. Unlicensed Home Provider
    5. Staff member of child care center and home-based child care.

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    Business Hours

    Our hours of operation:
    24/7 Availability

    Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm
    Weekends: Community Meetings

    Our Offices

    • Administrative Office

      2995 E. Grand Blvd
      Detroit, MI 48202
      Phone: 313-758-0150
    • Samaritan Center

      5555 Conner Ave. Ste 1038
      Detroit, MI 48213
      Phone: 313-308-0255

      If it is after business hours, and you need to reach your Case Manager, please call BFDI’s “After Hours” phone number at (313) 330-2849.
    • In School Colaborative Partners

      Brenda Scott Academy
      Ecorse High School
      George Washington Carver
      Grandport Elementary Academy
      Hope Academy
      New Paradigm - University Yes Academy
      Osborn High School
      Ralph J. Bunche Academy
      Ronald Brown Academy
      Schulze Academy for Technology and Arts
      University Prep Art & Design: Middle High School
      University Prep Art and Design: Elementary School