In 2013, a group of national and regional funders announced the formation of a new $4.5 million fund to benefit Head Start programs in Detroit. The Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund will award competitive grants for programs and partnerships that will improve the quality of Head Start services and outcomes for children and their families in Detroit.
The creation of the Fund is in response to the rebidding process occurring with Detroit Head Start programs, and will be explicitly for the new Head Start providers to be selected by the federal government.
In 2013, Detroit was one of five cities selected by the Health and Human Services Administration’s Office of Head Start to pilot a new “birth-to-5” approach to Head Start services. For the first time, nonprofit agencies will have the flexibility to create a seamless experience combining Early Head Start services (pregnant women, infants and toddlers) and Head Start (preschool-aged children) with a single funding application to both programs.
The Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund will provide private matching dollars to fund innovative strategies proposed by the Head Start agencies selected to participate in the birth-to-5 pilot program.
The Fund will consider proposals from Detroit Head Start in such areas as: enhanced professional development and resources for teachers; evidence-based assessment of teaching and learning; effective integration of technology into curriculum and assessment; improved health outcomes such as dental, physical and mental health; and improving child well being through family financial literacy.
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Early childhood development is emerging as a priority locally and at the state and federal levels. We know from years of research and experience that it is a high-return investment, resulting in healthier, smarter and more productive children for the 21st century.
Benefits to Detroit Children
Developed for Michigan’s Early Childhood Investment Corporation in 2013, with support from the Kellogg Foundation
Benefits to Head Start Organizations
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