Southwest Solutions provides a broad range of educational opportunities for children, youth, families, and adults.


Adult Literacy
Our Adult Learning Lab in southwest Detroit helps adults improve their literacy, math and computer skills so they can be better qualified for employment. These services are free for eligible participants.
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Community Schools
Community Schools are designed to be the hub of the community connecting school, students, family and community. It’s a place where students and their families as well as community members can receive services and resources.
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Early Childhood
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.
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English Language Learners Program
The English Language Learners Program (ELLP) is a literacy initiative focused on non-English-speaking families. Southwest Solutions runs the program at two elementary schools in southwest Detroit. ELLP serves families with children in pre-kindergarten through third grade. It not only teaches parents English, it allows parents to spend time in their children’s classroom to help them with schoolwork. Parents both learn with their children and learn to support their children’s learning. Supportive child care services are provided for siblings of pre-K – 3 children centered on pre-literacy and early childhood education.
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Adult Learning Lab enrolled 339 persons in Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED preparation and ESL classes in 2014

10 individuals achieved their GED

In 2014, 90 parents were enrolled In ELLP and spent a total of 14,844 hours in family literacy programming with 56.7% attending more than 150 hours 95.7% of the full participants (150+ hours) felt they had accomplished their goals
Began Thrive by Five in 2014, a new federally-funded, early childhood education program designed to help families break the cycle of poverty, which will serve 750 families in southwest Detroit through a continuum of Early Head Start and Head Start
Community Schools have shown promising results in Cincinnati and other cities. Academic performance, attendance, parental involvement, school safety, and other important measures have significantly improved.


For contact information for a specific program, please visit that particular  program page by clicking the link in the Programs section above.


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