The Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative has announced the creation of a $4.5 million fund to support Head Start programs in Detroit.
The Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund will award matching grants to four newly selected Head Start organizations in support of better services and outcomes for young children and their families, as well as to foster innovation and collaboration. Grant recipients include Matrix Human Services, Metropolitan Children and Youth, New St. Paul Tabernacle, and Starfish Family Services. To be administered by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the funds will be awarded over a three-year period.
Comprising the McGregor Fund, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Jewish Fund, and the W.K. Kellogg, Kresge, PNC, Skillman, and Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher foundations, the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative created the fund in response to a federal competition that offered $48 million in funding to Head Start providers in Detroit — one of five sites selected in 2013 to take part in a pilot opportunity where applicants were allowed to propose a "birth-to-5" approach to Head Start services.
"Head Start's focus on providing comprehensive services to support lifelong success is directly in line with our efforts to create pathways out of multi-generational poverty," said Kellogg Foundation vice president for program strategy Carla Thompson. "Supporting innovation and partnership among the Head Start grantees in Detroit presents an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty for the city's youngest, most vulnerable children."