Michigan Multi-Service Growth Fund Participants – Class 1

In December 2010 First Children’s Finance selected the following four Detroit area organizations along with their child care centers to participate in the first class of the Michigan Multi-Service Growth Fund.

  • Detroit Edison Public School Academy
  • Focus: HOPE
  • Wayne State University
  • Development Center, Inc in partnership with Detroit Community Schools and Little Scholars Child Development Center

As participants in the Multi-Service Growth Fund program, these nonprofit multi-service organizations will develop a new business model with quality child care as the core for providing holistic services to families.  Center directors will also gain business expertise from training opportunities and the support of volunteer business advisors.

Detroit Edison Public School Academy. Started in 1998, the academy is chartered by Oakland University and is located near Detroit’s historic Eastern Market. This pre-kindergarten through ninth grade charter ‘blue-ribbon’ school serves 1,100 students from the greater Detroit metro area. The pre-kindergarten program started in 2007 and is licensed to serve 30 children.  Through its participation in the Multi-Service Growth Fund, Detroit Edison hopes to expand its pre-kindergarten program and provide additional health, adult literacy, and workforce development services to families with children in the program.  For more information about Detroit Edison Public School visit www.detroitedisonpsa.org or contact Nancy Garvin, Director of School and Community, 313-207-2965 or ngarvin@detroitedisonpsa.org.

Development Centers, Inc. Since 1983 this non-profit organization has provided a wide array of behavioral, health and employment services to residents of northwest Detroit and western Wayne County.  As part of its Multi-Service Growth Fund initiative, Development Centers will collaborate with Detroit Community Schools and Little Scholars Child Development Center to expand the number of quality child care slots in Detroit’s Brightmoor/Cody-Rouge community.  For more information about Development Centers visit www.develctrs.org or contact Debbie Kade, Director of Early Childhood and Family Services, 313-531-2500 or djkade@develctrs.org.

Focus: HOPE.  Established in 1968 in the wake of the previous summer’s civil unrest in Detroit, Focus: HOPE is a nationally renowned civil and human rights organization working to bridge the racial divide in southeastern Michigan through is food distribution program, career training programs, and HOPE Village Initiative.  Licensed for 235 children, the Center for Children provides quality child care for career training program participants, community residents and Focus: HOPE employees.   Through its participation in the Multi-Service Growth Fund, Focus: HOPE plans to increase the number of children served by its center and create a “cradle to college” model of services to ensure that children achieve successful outcomes.  For more information visit www.focushope.edu  or contact Julian Pate, Director of Education,  313-494-4227 or patej@focushope.edu .

Wayne State University. Two child care centers on campus are licensed to serve 134 children.  Founded in 1922, the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Early Childhood Center is nationally known and respected for its research and work in the area of child development.  The College of Education Early Childhood Center was started in 1957 as a teacher-preparation site and offers preschool programs with options for before and after school care.  By participating in the Multi-Service Growth Fund, the university hopes to enhance the centers’ program and training opportunities, to increase their fiscal stability, and to solidify their standing as leaders promoting quality early education in Detroit and beyond.  For more information visit www.wayne.edu  or contact Anna Miller, Executive Director at  313-577-1678 or amiller@wayne.edu.