DETROIT — The Jewish Fund has committed $150,000 over two years to support early childhood education in Detroit as part of the Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund. The $4.67 million, three-year philanthropic initiative provides private matching dollars to Head Start providers in the city of Detroit for programs leading to better services and outcomes for children and families.
The Detroit Head Start Early Education Innovation Fund is a consortium of foundations with a history of working together to promote early childhood education. Organizations include the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Skillman Foundation, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, McGregor Fund, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, PNC Foundation, and The Jewish Fund. All fund activities are managed by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
Detroit is one of five cities engaged in the Head Start Birth-to-Five reform effort initiated by the National Office of Head Start to markedly change and improve Early Head Start and Head Start programs nationally. The Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund was created as a multi-year effort to support Detroit Head Start grantees and delegates involved in using evidence-based practices and new forms of collaboration to improve the quality of Head Start programs and enhance school readiness.