Doors Open for New Head Start Program in Detroit

Thrive by Five Detroit is pleased to announce the opening of its first Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms in the city of Detroit for Fall 2014. Services will be available at Development Centers, Inc, a Detroit-based nonprofit agency providing a comprehensive array of services to the most vulnerable populations in southeastern Michigan. Other classrooms throughout metro Detroit will come online over the next few weeks.

The classrooms, located in northwest Detroit, will serve 93 children ages birth through five, and are scheduled to be in place through 2019. They began serving children on Monday September 29, 2014.  More classrooms will be opening in October 2014 through February 2015. 

“This is a great moment for Development Centers, as we are ready to provide much-needed educational services to northwest Detroit families,” said Robert Shaw, CEO of Development Centers. “These high-quality programs will truly transform pre-school learning in our city.”

These classrooms are part of a recently-announced $75 million project to provide comprehensive services to children from birth to five in the city of Detroit through the Thrive by Five Detroit collaborative platform. Led by Starfish Family Services, four reputable and long-standing community-based agencies, including Starfish, Development Centers, Focus:HOPE and Southwest Solutions were selected in June 2014 by the Office of Head Start to receive $60 million in federal funds over the next five years to serve more than 1,000 children and families in Detroit annually. The federal funds will be matched with $15 million in local funds and in-kind services.

About the Collaborative

The collaborative is led by Starfish Family Services in partnership with direct service providers Focus: HOPE, Development Centers, Inc. and Southwest Solutions. HighScope Educational Research Foundation will provide educational and evaluation support to the program. The collaborative was selected by the national Office of Head Start in June, 2014 to receive $12 annually for a five-year pilot program. The collaborative will implement an innovative model of Head Start and Early Head Start programming to provide Detroit children access to impactful early childhood services. The initiative will include significant investments in program quality, pioneering family engagement techniques and unprecedented levels of professional development that extend to community-based childcare professionals and K-3 educators.

“This is a great moment for Development Centers, as we are ready to provide much-needed educational services to northwest Detroit families,” said Robert Shaw, CEO of Development Centers. “These high-quality programs will truly transform pre-school learning in our city.”
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