Ford Early Elementary

Abigail VanBuhler
Site Coordinator

avanbuhl@emich.edu

2440 E. Clark Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Abigail VanBuhler is the EMU Bright Futures Site Coordinator at Ford Early Learning Center. A former YCS educator, she is passionate about working with youth in the Ypsilanti community.  Through her job with Bright Futures she became partners with Detroit PBS; offering Ford youth a variety of PBS-themed camps and at-home learning kits. She was awarded the PBS Digital Innovator All Star 2020 for this work and her ongoing digital media projects.

Abigail has a passion for supporting youth with their social-emotional development. As a site coordinator, she works closely with families, teachers, and the community to promote positive student development at Ford ELC. Youth at our Bright Futures program at Ford have the opportunity to develop academically and socially through various clubs, leadership activities , and academic enrichment experiences.

When not at work, Abigail enjoys hanging out with her family, reading books, and going on walks with her rescue dogs, Lance and Wesley.

Program Desscription

EMU Bright Futures is thrilled to be a part of the Ford Early Learning Center community!  We strive to offer a positive atmosphere, enriched with supportive staff and community partners, and by providing opportunities for kindergarten and first-grade students to explore, learn, have fun and participate in community building and leadership activities.

The program runs Monday through Thursday, directly after school for two and a half hours.  Our program includes snack and supper, clubs, and daily academic enrichment time. We also offer a daily reading block where Bright Futures staff and America Reads tutors are available to read with youth. 

During non-pandemic programming, family events and trips are frequently offered. Including the opportunity to go to the theater and to sports events, participate in math/literacy nights, view student work, and share meals together. We also offer a six-week summer program that runs alongside the YCS summer school program schedule.

If you are interested in adding your student to the EMU Bright Futures at Ford wait list, please complete a Bright Futures interest form and return it to your child’s teacher or the main office.