The and foundations have announced a community-driven partnership to strengthen and expand early childhood services for Detroit's youngest residents.
will work to create a first-of-its-kind plan aimed at coordinating high-quality early-childhood systems in the city and ensuring that children in Detroit are born healthy, prepared for kindergarten, and ready for success in third grade and beyond. In addition to creating an action plan, the effort will work to identify gaps in services for children from birth through the age of 8 and share resources and information.
"Detroit's residents have told us their hope for this city starts with the success of their children," said Kellogg Foundation president and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron. "Hope Starts Here will engage the community to build high-quality early-childhood experiences for all eighty thousand of Detroit’s young children. Today, one in three of our children in Detroit lacks access to quality early-learning care, and only one out of ten of our third graders are proficient readers. So, the time to act is now."
"Detroit's children cannot be left behind as the city rebounds. We've seen tremendous public/private partnerships over the last decade to support Detroit’s cultural and social revitalization," said Kresge Foundation president and CEO Rip Rapson. "Without building systems that support and prepare our young citizens, Detroit cannot reap a full return on all that has been invested. The more that we can do, collectively, to prioritize children, the more Detroit will see our various efforts create the kind of hope that lasts for generations."