Detroit-based non-profit Matrix Human Services has been awarded a $35 million federal grant to expand Early Head Start and the Office of Child Care in Detroit. The programs are designed to improve the quality of child care among low income families.
“The best way to improve health and educational outcomes for our children is to improve the health and economic self-sufficiency of their parents,” says Marcella Wilson, president and CEO of Matrix Human Services. “We provide children and families with shelter, nutrition, education, and a comprehensive support system that maximizes all services available across the community”â€‹
Matrix is leading the Detroit Early Head Start Child Partnership (Detroit Partnership) with partners across the city, including 25-day care centers and family homes. The partnership will provide year-round service to 360 children in and around the city.
Wilson says the Head Start program includes individualized instruction, bilingual classrooms in English, Spanish, and Arabic, and services to children with special needs.
The award requires that Matrix must raise $10 million over the next five years.