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$50M in Detroit early education aid announced

November 13, 2017
Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

Detroit — National philanthropic leaders announced a 10-year, $50 million plan to improve early childhood education and services in Detroit, which includes renovating early childhood facilities and building a state-of-the-art early childhood education center in one of the city’s neighborhoods in 2018.

The announcement came just as the city is losing a major partner in a Head Start program by year’s end.

Leaders of The Kresge Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation unveiled “Hope Starts Here: Detroit’s Early Childhood Partnership framework,” a plan focused on creating a stronger connection between early childhood, health and education; improving early childhood services and supporting the financial stability of those programs.

The leaders say the framework will place young children and families at the center of public policy and business decisions. The foundations, both based in Michigan, will collectively give $50 million to the endeavor.

“Achieving positive and equitable outcomes for Detroit’s children requires significant and sustained private and public investment,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “We hope our three-year, $25 million initial commitment to strengthen networks for quality early childhood education and widen access for Detroit families will catalyze additional support.”

Kresge is also making a $25 million contribution over three years.