Paddock’s Early Childhood Center encompasses many programs that help children and families succeed.  We have children’s programs starting from birth through age five, as well as, school-age child care.   Our purpose is to provide a quality, developmentally appropriate, educational experience for your child.  We view ourselves as an extension of your family.  There is a commitment to having a constant atmosphere of love, learning and security in order to help create a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

School Tours are available by appointment.    Please contact Mrs. Mellinger to set up an appointment at (734) 439-5159 or via email at .

2013-2014 Calendar


Click here for Milan Area School’s District Calendar


Apr 18th:  No School - Good Friday


Apr 24th:  Preschool Open House and Registration Night for 2014-2015 school year from  6 pm—7 pm at Paddock Elementary in Room B9 (use side entrance on Michigan Ave).  This is a great opportunity to join us to explore the preschool setting, ask questions and enroll for fall.  Please call (734) 439-5159 from more information.


Apr 24th: Preschool Trike-a-thon 6-7 pm, please see teacher for more details.


Apr 30th:  District Half Day/School Age Childcare Available (Must Register)


May 26th: No School - Memorial Day


May 27th:  First Steps Last Playgroup


May 27th: First Steps Family Farm Night


June 13th:    Last Day of Primary School—District Half Day/School Age Childcare Available (Must Register)  - District Letter for School Make-up Days



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Is your child struggling with speech? 

Paddock has a Speech Pathologist on site. Please contact Lisa Mellinger, Director at (734) 439-5159 or Julie Van’t Land, Speech Pathologist at (734) 439-5148 for more information.

Want to learn more about your child's development?

Looking for new age appropriate activities to do with your child?

Ever wonder if your child's development is on track?


Paddock’s Early Childhood Center, in conjunction with Washtenaw Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative is pleased to offer free developmental screenings online to all families residing in the Milan Area School District and Washtenaw County.


The ASQ-3 (Ages & Stages Questionnaire) is an established, research-based tool that can help you understand more about your child's development from 2 months to 5-1/2 years of age. A questionnaire is created based on your child's age and helps to monitor development in 5 areas: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving and personal-social.


Completing the screening is easy, just go to our website ASQ Developmental Screening and fill out the information. The questionnaire only takes about 15 minutes to complete. An early education specialist will respond to your questionnaire within a few days. Each family who completes a screening will receive age appropriate activities for the child. When you complete the ASQ-3, you will be invited to complete the ASQ:SE, which is a screening tool for social-emotional development. You can take one or both questionnaires.


Regular developmental screening in the early years helps inform parents about important developmental milestones and can ensure that children are on track.


Thanks to a generous grant from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, these screenings are FREE to all families residing in Washtenaw County.

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