Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, (MI)

Address: 71 East Ferry, Wayne State University
Detroit,, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 664-2500 Fax: (313) 6642555 Email: Website:

The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute (MPSI) for Child and Family Development has been a vital part of Michigan’s landscape for nearly a century. Founded in 1920 as the Merrill-Palmer Institute, early efforts were aimed at serving Detroit’s children through formalized, academic programs in child development – a discipline then in its infancy. Over the years, the Institute has trained generations of early childhood researchers, teachers and mothers, as well as conducting pioneering research in the field with applications nation-wide.


Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute Early Childhood Center MPSI ECC

The Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute's Early Childhood Center is nationally known and respected for its research and work in the area of child development.  The MPSI ECC serves the children and students, faculty, staff and the greater metro Detroit area from 2-1/2 – 5 years old.


The goal of the Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute Early Childhood Center (MPSI-ECC) is to provide a safe, nurturing, child-centered environment with a high-quality educational program that serves diverse children, families, student teachers, practicum students, and staff.


Contact MPSI-ECC:

87 East Ferry

Wayne State University

71 East Ferry

Detroit, MI  48202

Phone: (313) 664-2533


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