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The Detroit Diesel-UAW Child Development Center is located at 13440 Outer Drive West, between 1-96 and Plymouth Road. From Telegraph, take Plymouth Road east to Outer Drive. Make a left onto Outer Drive. The Center is located two blocks down on the left. Enter through the Detroit Diesel Corporation guard shack and follow the signs around to the Child Development Center. From I-96: Exit at Outer Drive. Go south on Outer Drive. The road will curve to the left. The entrance to DDC is on the right hand side of the street just after the railroad tracks.

Our Toddler Program

A place for growing curious, happy and confident toddlers

Our space is built for active and inquisitive toddlers with environments made up of well-planned learning centers that allow for physical activity, child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching. There are reading nooks, sensory tables, great books, pretend play areas, baskets filled with dress-up and exploratory materials, musical instruments, and outdoor places to explore.

Learning experiences are planned to promote each toddler’s growing independence, to enhance social skills, and to build the confidence needed to reach their individual potential and prepare for preschool and beyond.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Thank you so much for taking care of our baby boy. Bright Horizons welcomed him into their classroom with open arms, and ever since, he has flourished mentally and physically. He always smiles when he sees you at drop off and we can tell he is happy. It brings so much peace of mind knowing our son loves going to school."

Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Reading, singing, and engaging in conversation.
  • Math Counts Counting, sorting, and pattern identification.
  • Science Rocks Nature walks, gardening, and exploring sand, water, and other sensory tables.
  • ArtSmart Dramatic play, painting with hands and feet, manipulation of other materials and textiles.
  • Our World Diverse interactions with the center community.
  • Well Aware Movement activities as well as hand washing and other self-help skills.

Teacher Spotlight

Just a few of our gold stars of the day.


Name: Miss Deja

I Teach: Toddlers

Teaching Since: 2014

I love teaching children because: I love to see their smiles! Knowing that i can make an impact on a childs life makes me feel complete!

Favorite Children's Book: Billy the Bully!

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Learning at Home

Color Cards

You Will Need:

File folders in 6 different colors, clear contact paper, a hole/paper punch (a shape punch, such as a star or heart can be fun), scissors, a metal ring that opens and closes

Directions:

To Prepare Cards:

  • Cover the file folder with contact paper
  • Cut file folder into 1-by-6-inch strips
  • Punch a hole in one end of each strip in the same spot
  • Hold the strips together by inserting the metal ring through holes and fastening together
Show your child one color at a time, say the name of the color, and have him or her find something in the area or think of something that is the same color. Having the card to look at while you say the name of the color is a great help for toddlers who are learning their colors.

Tip:

Use these cards while waiting for trains, planes, and buses, or while waiting for an appointment.


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