Southwest Solutions operates three Head Start classrooms at Durfee Elementary–Middle School (a Detroit Public school) in southwest Detroit. The program helps children develop their cognitive, social and behavioral skills. The learning environment is safe and vibrant. And the teachers and staff are highly trained and experienced. The program is designed to help the whole family succeed through numerous support services.
Kamisha Higgins’ four-year-old son Rozell is enrolled in the Durfee Head Start. “Early childhood education is so important because children learn so much of what they need for life before the age of five,” said Kamisha. “The Head Start here is open and friendly. Rozell has been here for a month, but already he is learning a lot, expanding on what I am teaching him at home. He’s happy here, looks forward to coming to class, and he’s making lots of friends. I know he’s going to be ready to do well in kindergarten.”
Kamisha is so pleased with the program that her three-year-old daughter Makenzie will also soon be enrolled in the Durfee Head Start.
There are still more than 20 Head Start slots available at Durfee, and families who may be eligible are encouraged to apply. To learn more about Head Start at Durfee, call 313-866-0950 or 313-873-8706.
Durfee is one of a dozen sites in southwest Detroit where Southwest Solutions is locating its Thrive by Five program, which is part of the Thrive by Five Detroit collaborative. Thrive by Five offers Head Start classes (for children 3-5) and Early Head Start (for children 0-3 and pregnant mothers). Early Head Start offers both center-based and home-based options.
Families living the zip codes of 48206, 48208, 48209, 48210, 48216 or 48217 are eligible to apply for our Thrive by Five program. There are other eligibility requirements, too. Interested families should call 313-596-4766.
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