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Starfish Family Services Thrive by Five Detroit is funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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Detroit’s home for high quality Head Start education.

Providing a foundation for family success from pregnancy through age five.


Exciting Starfish News: Collaborative to Receive $12 Million Annually to  Benefit Detroit Children

Starfish Family Services, in partnership with Development Centers, Focus: HOPE and Southwest Solutions to deliver comprehensive new model for early childhood development.


Starfish Family Services is thrilled to have been selected by the national office of Head Start to receive $60 million in funding over the next five years- $12 million will be awarded per year. The national Birth to Five pilot program award funding is the first of its kind in Michigan, with Detroit chosen as one of only five cities in the U.S. to participate in this initiative. Starfish was selected because of its success in delivering Early Head Start (for pregnant women and children birth to three years old) and Head Start (for children ages three to five) programs in Detroit and western Wayne County.


Starfish and its collaborative partners: Development Centers, Focus: HOPE  and Southwest Solutions , will provide children in the city of Detroit access to high quality and high impact early childhood services while helping to support and stabilize families. HighScope Educational Research Foundation will provide educational and evaluation support to the program.





Have you seen this  little boy around town?