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The Woodward Corridor Early Childhood Consortium was created in October 2011 by Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute faculty and early childhood education faculty at Wayne State University’s College of Education (COE). The Woodward Corridor Consortium is a collaboration among the directors of 17 early childhood centers in the Midtown, Downtown and North End neighborhoods of Detroit, centers that are serving over 1500 children. The Consortium also include a number of engaged community partners who share our goal of enhancing the quality of early childhood education in Detroit and beyond.
The Woodward Corridor Early Childhood Consortium works towards this goal by:

  • Establishing a collaborative network of faculty, center directors and community partners 
  • Promoting professional development among teachers 
  • Enhancing parent engagement
  • Aiding implementation of “best practices” in early childhood education
  • Facilitating access to resources centers need to meet their mission 

Woodward Corridor Consortium center directors meet regularly with the leadership team of Dr. Sharon L. Elliott, Coordinator, from the College of Education, and Co-Coordinators Dr. Hilary Ratner of MPSI, and Anna G. Miller, Executive Director of the two Wayne State University Early Childhood Centers, at MPSI and the College of Education.
The Woodward Corridor Early Childhood Consortium holds an Annual Conference each Fall training and professional development activities for the directors and teaching staff of the member centers.

For more information about the Woodward Corridor Consortium, please contact Sharon Elliott, Ed.D., 313-577-7887 or aa5190@wayne.edu

The Woodward Corridor Consortium gratefully acknowledges support from First Children’s Finance, Inc., The Kresge Foundation, and PNC Bank.


The Woodward Corridor Early Childhood Consortium members are:

  1. Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Early Childhood Center

  2. WSU College of Education Early Childhood Center

  3. Boll Family YMCA

  4. Bright Horizons – Compuware CDC

  5. Bright Horizons – Fox Tots CDC

  6. Bright Horizons – Henry Ford Child Care Children’s Aid Society

  7.  Childtime – New Center

  8. Childtime – Renaissance 

  9. C.O.T.S.

  10. Detroit Edison Public School Academy

  11. Detroit Montessori School

  12. Focus: HOPE Center for Children

  13. Franklin-Wright Settlements Inc.

  14. Matrix – Cathedral of St. Paul

  15. Matrix – St. Peter Claver

  16. Midtown Montessori

  17. New Center Child Care Academy

The Community Partners of the Woodward Corridor Early Childhood Consortium include:

  • Midtown Detroit Inc.
  • Excellent Schools Detroit
  • Vanguard Community Development Corporation
  • Great Start Collaborative – Wayne
  • First Children’s Finance, Inc.
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Detroit
  • United Way of Southeastern Michigan