In Reverence for Detroit Youth By Terry Whitfield The Skillman Foundation blog July 7, 2017 I’m at the high school graduation of a school I’ve…
Early Childhood provides variety of programs to meet the educational and development needs of families. Family literacy programs help children and parents improve reading, writing, and language skills, while teaching parents to become full partners in educating their children. Thrive by Five provides a continuum of Early Head Start and Head Start and helps the whole family meet its goals.
Thrive by Five
Thrive by Five provides free and high-quality preschool for children from birth to five years old. It also serves pregnant women. Birth to Five is designed to help the whole family succeed. The program consists of Early Head Start (0-3 years old), Head Start (4-5 years old), and home-based services.
English Language Learners program (ELLP)
English Language Learners program (ELLP) operates at four elementary schools and offers English Language, parent education and parental participation in the child’s academic success in the child’s classroom.
Early Childhood Mental Health
Early Childhood Mental Health supports the healthy social and emotional development of children. Home based services for pregnant mothers and children 0-3 focus on developing a healthy attachment between parent and child. Home based services for children 4-6 focus on relational skills in the home and school environments.
Great Parents, Great Start (GPGS)
Great Parents, Great Start (GPGS) serves families with children newborn to age four. Its goal is to promote the overall health and cognitive development of young children, and to provide parents instruction and access to services to give their children the best start in life.
Almost all of the families we serve in our Family Literacy programs are Spanish-speaking. In southwest Detroit, more than 40% of the population is Latino. More than half of the Latino adults in southwest Detroit do not have a high school diploma, and the current dropout rate among Latino teens in southwest Detroit is the highest among all high school students in the city. Without a good education, the generational cycle of poverty and social alienation continues to turn. Our mission is to break this cycle. Our Family Literacy programs serve families at the lowest rungs of literacy and are designed to facilitate social mobility by enabling greater confidence and success in school, work, and the community.
Impacted 5,710 children (birth to 3rd grade)