In any society, governments pass laws, make policies, and allocate resources. For us this occurs at multiple levels: federal, state, and local governance. Public policy can be generally defined as a… Read More
How We’re Addressing These Challenges
HEALTHY, THRIVING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
“All Detroit children – and their families – deserve the chance to thrive.”
PARENT AND FAMILY
“Healthy early childhood experiences begin at home.”
HIGH QUALITY PROGRAMS & PROFESSIONALS
“Accessible, high quality early childhood experiences are essential for setting children on the right path.”
SAFE & INSPIRING ENVIRONMENTS
“Early childhood facilities should be considered essential ingredients for a healthy community”
BETTER SYSTEM ALIGNMENT
“Working together, these systems – and the support and care they provide – can ensure children are born healthy and are set up to thrive.”
Why Are These Issues Important?
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
Search for Implementation Director Launched
Third Annual Summit Held
Denise Smith named Implementation Director
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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.