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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.

"We are so grateful for the wonderful care and education our daughter receives from all of the amazing teachers at Bright Horizons! She wakes up so excited to come to school each day and talks about all of her teachers when she comes home. Thank you for making her feel so loved."

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

Creating Science Collections

You Will Need:

An outdoor space, empty shoe boxes, tennis ball cans, other empty containers

Directions:

Talk about collecting things with your child and ask what type of collection she would like to start. If she likes rocks, go to an area where there are many rocks, like a park or the beach, and start collecting. Have her put each object into a container to add to her new collection. Display the collections in your home.

Tip:

Ask thought provoking questions like, “Where do you think that rock came from?” and “How are these rocks alike?” Displaying the collection artfully will show your child that you value the collection. Also, consider using the internet to find pictures and research topics, like finding more information about rocks, for example.


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