ECDC's Upcoming Fundraisers

Football Parking Volunteers Still Needed

The University allows ECDC to sell the parking spaces in the ECDC-ND lot for the home football games.  The $12,000 raised annually helps to keep tuition increases as low as possible for our families.  

All we ask is that you give a few hours of your time on a football Saturday to serve as the “host” of the ECDC lot.  The spaces have already been sold and the passes have been distributed.  All you have to do is welcome the guests (those cars with special ECDC passes) into the lot.  This is a really easy way to help the ECDC community!  We ask that you please check your calendar and then sign up for one of the games via this link to

For those of you headed to a game, parking volunteers also get a free parking space at ECDC for the date they volunteer.  

Thank you in advance for your support.  Go Irish!


Blaze Pizza Fundraiser – Sept 13, 2023

Enjoy pizza for lunch or dinner and raise money for ECDC!  Between 11:00am-10:00pm on Wednesday, September 13th, Blaze Pizza will donate 25% of proceeds from your order to ECDC when you present this flyer or show a copy on your phone before paying.  For pickup or delivery orders placed online at or through the Blaze Pizza app, please enter 1092A into the “coupon code” field at checkout to have your transaction count toward our fundraiser. If entered correctly, you’ll see a $.01 discount applied to your check which confirms that your order will be counted in the total donation. Thank you for supporting ECDC!


Resources and Orientation Info for Parents

ECDC Parent Orientation

2023-24 School Year Parent Orientation:
School year parent oriention meetings via Zoom will be help on July 25th and August 2nd, 4:00-5:00pm. If you cannot attend either of these orientation sessions, you can review the slideshow here.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Join the July 25th Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 897 4440 7726, Passcode: 787296

Join the August 2nd Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 874 7677 9688, Passcode: 326368

The summer and school year parent orientation meetings are designed for parents who are new to the ECDC Program; however, returning families are also welcome to attend. The same agenda topics are presented at each meeting, so you only need to attend one.

  • Summer agenda topics: summer studies and investigations, daily schedules/routines, food program, summer activities, and more.
  • School Year agenda topics: daily schedules/routines, food program, school year curriculum and activities, family involvement, college student involvement and more.

We hope all new to ECDC families will attend a Parent Orientation Session to gather information about program components from curriculum, daily schedule and routines, parent involvement and family activities, college student involvement, food program, and to begin the important get-acquainted and relationship building process. If the dates do not work for a family’s schedule we are happy to provide an individual orientation meeting.

ECDC Family Handbook.
Please note: current COVID-19 policies & procedures override the parent handbook until further notice.


“Our whole family has had a very memorable experience at ECDC. Thank you
and your colleagues for all kinds of help and work for the children.” — Parent of 2 ECDC children

ECDC Board of Directors

Click here for a list of the current ECDC Board members.


ECDC Parent Surveys/Program Evaluations

ECDC parents are asked regularly (after the SY ends, after the summer program ends) to provide confidential feedback, via electronic surveys, about what works well at ECDC and to share ideas for future program improvements. This feedback is extremely important to ECDC’s ongoing program assessment, strategic planning and overall quality. The summary results are shared with ECDC families, teachers, program staff and the board of directors for future program quality enhancements. We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive results and invite you to read them.

Fun Recipes
Mixture A
¾ cup warm water
1 cup white glue
few drops food coloring

Mixture B
4 teaspoons Borax
1 ⅓ cups warm water

Stir Mixture A ingredients in one bowl; stir Mixture B ingredients in another bowl. Make sure the Borax is completely dissolved in the water. Pour Mixture A into Mixture B. DO NOT STIR!

Let sit for one minute, then lift the Goop out. Store it in sealed plastic bags.

Air-dry Clay

2 cups baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
1 ¼ cups water

Mix baking soda and cornstarch together in a saucepan. Add the water. Cook over a medium high heat, stirring constantly, until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes. Spoon the dough onto a plate and cover with a damp cloth to cool.

If you wish to keep your creation, use a few drops of water to smooth them out. Let them air-dry until hard, usually two days. Flip them over a few times during drying so both sides dry evenly.

Play dough

Mix together and knead thoroughly:

1 cup salt
1 cup flour
½ cup water

Have more flour available to avoid stickiness as dough is used. Keep in a tightly covered jar or bowl in the refrigerator. It can be kept for a shorter time unrefrigerated.

Special Activity Registration Forms

ECDC Newsletters

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ECDC provided a wonderful and welcoming environment for both our children. After a rocky move to the area, it has been the educational institution where they’ve both felt most at home, in fall, winter, spring….and summer. The teachers have appreciated our children for all their strengths and foibles, and have both challenged them intellectually and gently guided them socially and emotionally.   –Parent of 2 children who attend ECDC-ND