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. 

Where Would You Like to See the "Pop-Up" Van?

If you would like to schedule a visit from our Pop-Up School Van for a community event, please contact Cathy A. Lesinski, Pop-Up School manager at catlesin@umich.edu.

We are now scheduling for spring and summer events.


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.

Read Early. Read Often.

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

Sing. Say. Point. Play.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library.


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 flintregistry.org.

Past Events in 2020