Our work was guided by four beliefs:
Every child in Detroit deserves the same chance to grow up and succeed.
There are great ideas in Detroit, and there are great ideas outside of Detroit. We can and should learn from both.
Every Detroiter has a role to play in making our city a great place for children. We can all do something.
Healthy families mean healthy kids, so our work must focus on families, too.
More than 18,000 Detroit community members contributed to Hope Starts Here. That included families, childcare providers, educators, healthcare professionals, community advocates, business leaders, policy makers, funders, and many more.
Hope Starts Here was guided by a Stewardship Board made up of parents, childcare providers, early childhood educators, healthcare providers, local and state government, and business, community and philanthropic leaders.
Six Strategy Teams took on the big task of understanding the many problems children and families face in Detroit, then coming up with ideas to solve them. More than 240 parents, caregivers and others made up the Strategy Teams.
Detroit residents provided input, ideas and feedback in many ways, from a citywide parent survey to over 125 listening sessions.
Hope Starts Here Kicks Off
December - January
Parent survey collects info on families’ hopes and needs.
Strategy teams set Hope Starts Here vision
February - May 2017
Strategy teams create ideas and solutions for Hope Starts Here’s 10-year framework
March - April 2017
Listening sessions gather community views, dreams and ideas
Detroit celebrates its first Day of the Young Child
Hope Starts Here featured at statewide Mackinac Policy Conference
Strategy teams finalize recommendations for 10-year framework
Framework is released
Detroit will be a city where all children are healthy and thriving, and have high quality experiences that help them grow and develop.
Detroit will be a city where families feel supported raising their kids and use their power to make sure their children have high quality early childhood experiences.
Detroit will be a city where the professionals who care for our children are valued, well-trained and respected.
Detroit will be a city with many high quality spaces and places where children can learn.
Detroit will be a city where everyone understands that the first eight years of a child’s life are important, and that efforts to help our kids help all of us.
Detroit will be a city where the systems that affect early childhood have the funding they need to make an impact, and work with each other to do the most they can do.
How will we make our vision a reality?
Together, we came up with six imperatives — the things we must do to make Detroit a city that puts young children and families first.
The Six Imperatives
Imperative #1: Promote the health, development and well-being of all Detroit children
Imperative #2: Support parents and caregivers as children’s first teachers and champions
Imperative #3: Increase the overall quality of Detroit’s early childhood programs
Imperative #4: Guarantee safe and inspiring learning environments for our children
Imperative #5: Create tools and resources to better coordinate the systems that impact early childhood
Imperative #6: Find new ways to fund early childhood, and make better use of the resources we have