Head Start

Head Start is a federally-funded, community-based program for low income children ages 3 to 5 years old. It provides early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services to low income toddlers and their families.  

The Head Start program located at the Center for Children offers full day, full year services using a HighScope curriculum which  emphasizes hands-on learning, opportunities for creative expression, and development of basic math and reading skills.


Thrive By Five provides exceptional Head Start services for Detroit's children from birth to five. Focus: HOPE works in partnership with Starfish Family Services, Southwest Solutions and Development Centers to prepare children for kindergarten and create a foundation for family success.   


  • Child must be 3 to 5 years old
  • Families must meet the federal poverty guideline. Find current standard, here
  • Families must live in the 48238 or 48206 zip code

Those qualified include low-income families, foster children or families who receive SSI or DHS cast grants, and/or DHS child care reimbursement. 


8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, year round except for holidays.


There is no cost to qualified families.  
Students are provided breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack at no additional cost.


Call 313.494.4400 to learn how to enroll your child in the Head Start program. 
Click here to download the Focus: HOPE Birth to Five Head Start Annual Report 2015.