- At Marygrove College in Detroit, the Hope Starts Here Summit kicked off with a groundbreaking ceremony for a $15 million early childhood center, anchored by the Marygrove Conservancy, part of a $50 million grant to improve and transform early childhood education in Detroit. This initiative was launched in 2016 with pledges from the Kresge and W.K. Kellogg foundations
- The 10-year early childhood framework put forward by the two foundations calls for a significant effort to expand preschool offerings, including new schools and funding streams for the creation of more programs for children.
- Hope Starts Here will also provide support for the Detroit Public Schools Community District that funds a parent academy, kindergarten bootcamp and home visit program that sends educators to children’s homes.
Why This Matters
Hope Starts Here has created the framework for healthy development in the early years, the building blocks for educational achievement, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation.
By early next year, Hope Starts Here plans to launch a website that will track progress on each of its 15 strategies and 26 policy priorities. The online “dashboard” will also track movement on some of the alarming statistics that led to Hope Starts Here in the first place. That includes the city’s alarmingly infant mortality high rate, its high rates of babies with low birth weights and the fact that almost 30,000 young Detroiters have no access to high-quality preschool or childcare.