Early Head Start



Detroit Early Head Start

Our Early Head Start provides free, comprehensive child development services to low-income families through both home-based and center-based programming. Early Head Start (EHS) serves pregnant women and children birth to three years old. The goal is to improve the health and readiness-to-learn of children before they enter preschool and kindergarten. Our EHS is the first program of its kind in southwest Detroit. It is part of a major collaborative initiative led by Starfish Family Services.


Pregnant women and children 0-3 years old who live in southwest Detroit zip codes may be eligible for our Early Head Start (EHS) program. Those zip codes are 48206, 48208, 48209, 48210, 48216 and 48217. Participants must meet income requirements set by the federal government, which funds the program.

The program is free. Services are provided both at home and at our EHS center. The services are offered in English and Spanish. Our EHS program will serve 118 families: 94 through home-based programming and 24 through center-based programming.

  • Home-based services are provided by Early Childhood Educators through regularly scheduled visits to the home.
  • Center-based services are provided to parents who work 20 or more hours per week or who are in school part-time (6 credit hours).

EHS provides a broad spectrum of services, including early childhood education, enriched childcare, medical and dental care referrals, nutrition and healthy living classes, mental health and parent support services, and more.

The mission of EHS is to foster healthy prenatal results, advance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning. Studies show that EHS programs significantly increase the cognitive, language and social-emotional skills of children.


To enroll in the EHS program, you must fill out an application and provide documentation to show that you are eligible to participate. You must provide:

  • Proof of income (recent tax returns or W2 forms)
  • Proof of residency (a utility bill or home phone bill that has your name and home address) in zip code 48206, 48208, 48209, 48210, 48216 or 48217
  • Birth certificate or letter from the hospital that proves when your child was born
  • Immunization records
  • Driver’s license or other valid ID

If you are applying to enroll in our center-based program, you must also provide:

  • Your current school schedule or recent paystub

To learn more about enrollment, eligibility or the program, call 313-895-8090.

Federally funded

Early Head Start is supported by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). CACFP provides federal funds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to serve nutritious meals and snacks.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex (including gender identity and expression), marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).  To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410.  Or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Early Head Start Children perform significantly better

On measures of cognitive, language, and social-emotional development

EHS parents are more likely to report reading to their child every day
EHS children engage their parents more, are less negative toward their parents, and more attentive to objects during play
Parents of the Early Head Start children score significantly higher than control group parents on many aspects of home environment and parenting behavior.


Our licensed EHS center is located at 3811 Cicotte Street, Detroit, MI 48210 in the former Logan Elementary school building. To learn more about enrollment, eligibility or the program, call 313-895-8090.


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