By 2027, Detroit
will be a city that
puts its children
and families first.


Hope Starts Here is Detroit’s Early Childhood Partnership that has engaged families, businesses, child education and health experts, and the larger community in creating a vision to ensure that children are born healthy, prepared for kindergarten, and on track for success by third grade and beyond.

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Community Stories

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.

We listened and learned from more than 18,000 Detroit parents, caregivers, educators and community members.


5 year old

Dr. Nakia Williams

Pediatrician, Henry Ford Pediatric Clinic

Esmeralda Torres

Mother of three

Rhonda Mallory-Burns

Head Start Director


8 year old

James Hill

Father of three

Our Timeline

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November 2016

Hope Starts Here Kicks Off

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December 2016

Strategy Teams and Stewardship Board formed

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December - January

Parent survey collects info on families’ hopes and needs.

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January 2017

Strategy teams set Hope Starts Here vision

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February - May 2017

Strategy teams create ideas and solutions for Hope Starts Here’s 10-year framework

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March - April 2017

Listening sessions gather community views, dreams and ideas

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April 2017

Detroit celebrates its first Day of the Young Child

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May 2017

Hope Starts Here featured at statewide Mackinac Policy Conference

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July 2017

Strategy teams finalize recommendations for 10-year framework

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November 2017

Framework is released

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Hope Starts with You

Taking Action

You can help!

Every Detroiter has a role to play in making our city a great place for children.
It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

We’d love for you to join our Day of the Young Child events on April 27, 2019. Please see here for a map of those events and share our flyer with your friends and neighbors!


We are hiring!
Apply now to be our Hope Starts Here Implementation Director

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Download the Community Framework to learn more.

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Download the Executive Summary:

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Take the Pledge

Detroit's kids need us.
I will be an early childhood champion.