Educare Flint and its sister school, Cummings Great Expectations, employ a two-generation approach to learning and development and serve 400+ Flint children and their families. Both centers offer full-day, full-year comprehensive programs that include health, nutrition, family support services and more - all centered around the Educare Network’s emphasis on data, professional development, high-quality teaching and family engagement.
Children, parents, staff and the extended community are the fabric of Educare Flint. Together, we are creating early learning environments where all children can learn, grow and be supported in becoming their very best selves.
Provides no-cost, full-day, year-long early education to 220 Flint children from birth to age 5
Operates 7:30am-5:30pm year-round
Delivers the highest-quality learning and development for young children and their families
Highly-skilled teaching staff and family support specialists
18 early learning classrooms
Spaces for adult learning and training, open to the community
Shared campus with Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary School
Part of the Educare Network, a national network of highest-quality early learning centers
Supported by collaboration and partnership with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, the Genesee Intermediate School District, University of Michigan-Flint and Flint Community Schools.
As executive director of the Flint Early Childhood Collaborative and Educare Flint, Denise Smith oversees Educare Flint’s adherence to the Educare network quality standards, and coordinates the strategic plan to guide the work of the collaborative while identifying resources, financial and otherwise, that support this plan for a healthy, coordinated early childhood ecosystem in Flint.
As school director for Educare Flint, Jodi Ramos ensures that Educare Flint offers a safe, high-quality program for children that also provides meaningful support to families. She works closely with children, parents, teachers and other staff members. She also coordinates building programs with external partners including Early On and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
As family engagement director, Jenny Hall partners with Educare Flint families to set and meet their own unique set of goals and objectives. Her work helps advance the Educare goal of serving the whole child - families included. She manages a team of five family engagement advocates and works closely with parent ambassadors, parent cafes, and the WOW and FAME parent groups.
Children who grow up in poverty face disadvantages that hamper healthy development. A gap in early vocabulary development between children in poverty and their higher-income peers is evident as early as 18 months of age. Research shows that these differences have a lasting effect on a child’s academic success later in life.
Children who get the right supports in their earliest years are more likely to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. This can start much earlier than kindergarten or even what is traditionally defined as preschool. Educare programming begins when children are infants by providing cuddles, feedings, naps, activities, etc.
The Educare Model is based on research from early childhood development, education, social work and other allied fields. Explore and learn more about this research here.