Kresge Foundation Invests $50 Million in Detroit Education Partnership

Kresge Foundation Invests $50 Million in Detroit Education Partnership

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced a $50 million investment in a cradle-to-career educational partnership in Detroit that will include the creation of an early-childhood education center, a K-12 school, and a teacher-training program modeled after hospital residency programs.

Comprising Kresge, the University of Michigan School of Education, the Detroit Public Schools Community District, the Marygrove Conservancy, Marygrove College, Starfish Family Services, IFF, and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center of the University of Detroit Mercy, the P-20 Partnership will provide pre-K through graduate school studies with wraparound services and community programs on the Marygrove College campus in the city's Livernois-McNichols neighborhood. In addition to the early childhood education center, which will be operated by Starfish, and the K-12 school, which will be operated by DPSCD and serve more than a thousand children when fully operational, the partnership will establish degree and professional certifications for teacher education students at U-M SOE and for graduate students at Marygrove. In addition, a new teacher residency program, also offered by U-M SOE, will place undergraduate and graduate student teachers in the DPSCD-operated school.

The first phase of the initiative will include a ninth-grade pilot program scheduled to begin in 2019, followed by the launch of the early-childhood education center and kindergarten in the fall of 2020, with successive grades to be added each year through 2029.

The investment by Kresge also will support the renovation of the former Bates Academy (Immaculata High School) on the Marygrove campus to house the K-12 school, as well as the renovation of space within the college's Liberal Arts Building for student and faculty use. Earlier this year, Kresge announced that it had provided $16 million since 2016 to stabilize and preserve Marygrove College and its campus.

"Kresge is extremely proud to announce a partnership that puts education at the center of all other revitalization work being done in this community," said Rip Rapson, the foundation's president. "We're pleased to collaborate with all of our community partners who have come together to create a new model of neighborhood revitalization centered around investment in education right here in the heart of northwest Detroit."