It is with great sadness that I have to announce that with the end of our grant, the UM-Flint Pop-Up School is ending May 1, 2020.  It has been a pleasure working, playing, and learning with you for the last 2 1/2 years. I have truly enjoyed our time together.

Remote Ideas from the Pop-Up School

During Michigan's, "Stay Home, Stay Safe," order, the UM-Flint Pop-Up School will be posting ideas and suggestions for making this time at home memorable and meaningful for the whole family. Please check our web page often for updated activities and resources.

Mini Lessons from the Pop-Up School - Home Edition

The Ocean

Come explore the ocean with these fun activities.

The Zoo

The following page includes links for ideas and activites relating to the zoo.


The following page provides links for activites relating to dragons. Have fun if you dare. 


Meals at the Flint YMCA

The Flint YMCA will be providing dinner for anyone in need beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.  For more information, please click here Flint YMCA.

Genesee County Food Banks

Check here for a list of food banks in Genesee County.  Food Bank

Flint Registry - Get Connected. Get Supported. Get Counted.

People who used Flint Water from April 25, 2014 to October 15, 2015 can participate in a voluntary secure registry that will refer them to programs and other resources aimed at minimizing the effects of lead on their health, whle promoting wellness and recovery.

For more information, please visit

Read Early. Read Often.

Please watch these reading videos provided by Great Start Collaborative Genesee.

Sing. Say. Point. Play.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

resources for Child Care Providers in Flint

Child Care Resources for Child Care Providers in the Flint Community

The UM-Flint Provider Empowerment Program (PEP) is specifically aimed at helping child care providers in the Flint community get the child care resources they need.  PEP aims to provide a variety of supports to meet child care providers’ needs in Flint. We are updating our website frequently, gathering curated educational and community assistance resources in one place to meet child care providers' and family needs. In addition, we are working on translating all pages into Spanish so that we can reach out to the Latino community in Flint. Here is the link to our website:


What is a Pop-Up School?

The UM-Flint Pop-Up School: Education Outside Your Door program is a mobile classroom that provides high quality, play-based literacy, math, science, and social studies activities for young children.  This classroom is intended to serve those children most in need and visits neighborhoods, community events, health fairs, churches, and other venues throughout the city of Flint.  Activities are set up outdoors as much as possible depending on the weather.   

Parents/guardians are encouraged to interact and learn with their children as they explore different hands-on projects and activities. 

The Pop-Up School van is generally scheduled during the mornings or afternoons, Monday-Friday.  There are occasional Saturday and evening events.

View our slideshow for more information

Looking for a Pop-Up School in Your Neighborhood?

Click the Schedule in the Menu to find out where our schools will be popping up in the community. 

In the News

Check out the story that was found on the UM-Flint hompage, June 17, 2019, about the UM-Flint Pop-Up School.

Mobile classroom: Pop-Up School travels throughout Flint


Building Trust, Hope, and Healing through Play: A Community Pop-Up School

In March, we presented the story of the Pop-Up School's origin at the 10th Anniversary Conference on the Value of Play: Play for Life in Clemson, SC.

Reaching Children in Need: Learning from a Pop-Up School Model

The UM-Flint Pop-Up School had the wonderful opportunity this January 2019, to present at the 17th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education. This was our first presentation about our program meant to educate and inspire educators to think creatively when reaching chidren in need.

32 Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference

The UM-Flint Pop-Up School attended the 32 Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference in Las Vegas on February 24 and 25, 2020.  We shared our findings in a presentation titled Maternal Perspectives on Raising Children in Poverty: Outcomes of a Pop-Up School and a poster presentation named The Concept of Child's Play in a City's Healing.