Detroit Head Start
The purpose of the Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund is to foster innovation and improvements in Early Head Start and Head Start services for families and children in Detroit.
The Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund awards competitive grants for programs and partnerships that improve the quality of Head Start services and outcomes for children and their families in Detroit.
The $4.9 million Innovation Fund is leveraging and supporting a $48 million federal investment in Head Start programs in Detroit. It supports comprehensive birth-to-age-5 Early Head Start and Head Start programming in Detroit, including programs for expectant families.
The fund was created in response to the rebidding process occurring with Detroit Head Start programs, and focuses specifically on the new Head Start providers that were selected by the federal government.
In 2013, the Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative invited organizations administering Head Start programs in Detroit to submit grant requests for innovative, data-driven programs that would improve outcomes for Detroit children and families.
The following foundations are members of the Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, which created the $4.9 million fund to support these efforts:
Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund activities are managed by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
On September 9, the first round of nearly $2 million in grants was awarded to those Head Start providers that reflected the following priorities:
Early childhood development is emerging as a priority at local, 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.
Quality early childhood development offers benefits to Detroit children:
Benefits to Head Start organizations:
Anne LinehanOffice of Head Start
"Community support is essential to the success of the Head Start program. What the Collaborative is doing in Detroit provides a model for how the philanthropic community can work to support high-quality Head Start services in communities across the country."
Starfish Family Services received $750,000 for Head Start preschool services to nearly 1,300 children and families, including home-based services for infants and toddlers and pregnant women. The grant will cover implementation of a new curriculum, assessment and screening.
Matrix Human Services received $668,392 for Head Start services at 26 Detroit locations and nine programs in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Their work will include home visitations and parent coaching, teacher training, new curriculum and the integration of social services.
Southwest Counseling Solutions received $75,000 to support two community-based doulas — pregnancy and early infancy coaches — to provide birth and parenting support to pregnant women and new mothers. This is the first program of its kind to reach out to low-income mothers with doula services.
New St. Paul Tabernacle received $300,000 to implement evidence-based tools and professional staff development in its Early Head Start and Head Start programs serving 88 infants and toddlers, 475 preschoolers and 20 pregnant women. The center will introduce an Oral Education Series, Prenatal Education Workshop and Living Arts teacher training, and family enrichment workshops.
Metropolitan Children and Youth Inc. (also known as United Children and Families) received $190,000 to support services for 512 children and their families, including prenatal care and full-day, full-year infant and toddler programs, and to create spots for 210 additional children in their preschool programs. The grant will also support formative assessment, professional development for teachers and enhanced data gathering, tracking and reporting.
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