We are a private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development in Detroit.
Kresge Early Years for Success (KEYS): DetroitAn initiative to reimagine the city’s neighborhoods by putting the essential building blocks in place that will support the healthy development of young children and prepare them for educational success
Through KEYS: Detroit, Kresge makes investments in four strategy areas.
Capacity building: Supporting the development of early childhood families, practitioners, leaders and organizations to support the ecosystem.
Systems coordination: Coordinating citywide systems that support early childhood organizations.
Field advancement: Bringing national best practices to our city and developing tools to advocate for policies that advance the early childhood work in Detroit.
Comprehensive early childhood centers: Learning from successful models to elevate comprehensive early childhood centers that convey the dignity of our young children, their families and communities. Kresge's investments in those four strategies align with the Hope Starts Here framework's imperatives and strategies.
Through Hope Starts Here, a joint initaitive of Kresge and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, more than 18,000 Detroiters engaged in a community visioning and planning process that landed on six imperatives and 15 strategies to activate on a path toward making Detroit a place where children come first by 2020.
Through a $470,000 grant to Prevention Network, Kresge is helping to launch a neighborhood-based small grants program to fund small scale projects and prototypes inspired by the Hope Starts Here Community Framework.
If you'd like to support the efforts to improve child outcomes through the Hope Starts Here framework, text the amount of your support to the United Way at 50503. All donations through December 31st will be matched by Kresge and Kellogg.
The supply of quality facilities in Detroit is a major barrier to the numbers of available early childcare slots. Through the Learning Spaces program at IFF, current providers can receive grants to renovate, improve or expand their spaces, so they can serve more children in higher quality environments. Learn more on IFF's website.
What can we do to ensure all children in Detroit have access to high-quality early childhood experiences? Children, parents, caregivers and community members across the city have the contributed their ideas, and Detroit now has a blueprint to follow. With six guiding imperatives and 15 related and interconnected strategies, this framework gives all who care about children in Detroit a clear path forward for investment and action. Download it today here.
Want to understand more about how Detroit's youngest children are doing? Check out www.ecd.datadrivendetroit.org, the city’s first digital early childhood database portal. Created by our partner Data Driven Detroit, the portal is a one-stop shop for access to public data about young children to help inform decision-making. The site also links to a comprehensive stakeholder map that was developed during the planning process. Kresge supported the portal with $100,000 in grants.