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IMPERATIVE 6

“Adequate resources are the biggest barrier we face in our work to ensure positive early childhood experiences for all of Detroit’s children.”

IMPERATIVE 6

Mission

We must find new ways to fund Detroit's early childhood system and better ways to use the resources we already have.

PRIMARY CHALLENGES

Insufficient Resources

Michigan has one of the lowest funding levels for early childhood in the country, leaving Detroit with insufficient resources to meet families’ early childhood needs.

Lack of Funding Coordination

Silos across foundations lead to redundancies, funding gaps, and misaligned strategies for supporting early childhood, meaning the resources we have aren’t creating the maximum impact they could.

HOW ARE WE ADDRESSING THESE CHALLENGES?

Strategy #14

Find new ways to increase state and local funding for early childhood

Strategy #15

Better align and coordinate philanthropic giving

See how the other Imperatives are making an impact on Detroit's Early Childhood Education

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IMPLEMENTATION SPOTLIGHTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

2020 Policy Summit Recap – Imperative Lead Table Talk

“Equity in quality childcare will is not possible without addressing the individual needs of families which include basic needs and financial mobilization for parents." That was just one great quote from our policy summit, where we met with policy leaders to become advocates of change for childcare.

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What Do Children Need to Thrive?

Many factors in a child’s life impact whether they are healthy and thriving. Each of those factors is a piece of a puzzle that Hope Starts Here has spent the last year assembling. To ensure Detroit’s children are set up to succeed, we must understand how each piece of the puzzle fits together and then create solutions that take that knowledge into account.

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WHAT SHOULD PROGRESS LOOK LIKE?

We'll know we're making progress when we see...

  • An increase in public funding levels for early childhood
  • An increase in the percentage of families approved for state child care subsidies
  • An increase in the amount of coordinated philanthropic dollars spent on shared early childhood priorities

Learn more about our active contributions towards these outcomes through our Impact Dashboards by clicking HERE.

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HOW TO GET INVOLVED

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.

Take the pledge & become an early childhood champion!