Thrive by Five carnival at Clark Park draws hundreds of families

August 17th, 2015
Katrina Anderson and Marta Zepata sign in at the registration table at the Thrive by Five summer carnival at Clark Park. Katrina filled out a pre-registration enrollment form for her 2-year-old daughter. "My baby is ready to learn and I know I need to get her into a good program for the fall," Katrina said.

Hundreds of families from southwest Detroit came to the Thrive by Five summer carnival last Friday afternoon to enjoy the free event featuring fun and family-friendly activities, food, and information about enrolling in the Head Start and Early Head Start provided by Southwest Solutions. The activities included games, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, train rides, face-painting, bouncy houses, raffles, and more.

Our Thrive by Five program has more than a dozen convenient sites in southwest Detroit, including DPS and other schools. 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. Special needs children are welcome for both Head Start and Early Head Start.

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.

We are actively enrolling for the start of school in September. Interested families should call 313-596-4766 or write

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