Kresge Awards $2.2 Million for Detroit Early Childhood Education

Kresge Awards $2.2 Million for Detroit Early Childhood Education

The Kresge Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.2 million to nine nonprofit organizations working to provide children and families in the greater Detroit area with arts enrichment activities, behavioral and mental health services, and programs that promote healthy living and eating.

Awarded through the Detroit Early Childhood Education Support initiative, the grants of up to $300,000 are part of the foundation's $25 million commitment to Hope Starts Here, a community framework developed and launched a year ago in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to improve early childhood outcomes in Detroit and surrounding communities. Recipients of the grants take a "whole child" approach in their support of early childhood centers based on the promotion of four tenets: healthy living, kindergarten readiness, creative engagement, and support for parents and other caregivers.

Grant recipients include ACCESS, which will use its grant to develop a model that enables early childhood centers to more effectively access and coordinate with human services resources; the Children's Center of Wayne County, which will develop the capacity of staff to deliver behavioral health interventions to children at its sites; Detroit Educational TV, which will expand its enrichment programming, creative learning workshops, and other activities focused on children, parents, and early childhood education providers; and Keep Growing Detroit, which will develop garden-based activities and programming at early childhood centers in the region and train early childhood staff to deliver programming focused on access to fresh, local produce and healthy eating.

"These organizations have many, many years of collective experience making improvements to the lives and lifetime possibilities for thousands of Detroit children from birth to five years of age," said Kresge Foundation managing director Wendy Lewis Jackson. "We are excited to provide them with resources to reach more children than ever before with these 'wrap-around' services."

(Photo credit: Keep Growing Detroit)