Thrive by Five Detroit provides exceptional Head Start services for Detroit’s children from birth to five. We operate as a collaborative partnership between four Detroit social service agencies. Our direct childcare service providers include: Development Centers, Focus: HOPE, The Order of Fishermen,  American Indian Health and Starfish which also provides direct services.  Starfish Family Services (Grantee) operates as the lead agency and fiduciary.  


Our goal is to prepare children for kindergarten and create a foundation for family success though the delivery of an innovative model of Head Start and Early Head Start.  Our program is different from the traditional HeadStart approach because we:


  • Make unprecedented investments in high quality programing

  • Have exceptional levels of professional development for teachers & staff.

  • Use leading family engagement techniques

  • Operate with low child to staff ratios

  • Partner with the HighScope Foundation to provide our curriculum and ongoing educational support, evaluation and training


Our program will benefit nearly 1,300 Detroit children and families annually when we are fully operational.   This enhanced programming has been made possible through our five year Department of Health and Human Service grant and our private funders. 

 Webmaster: Darlene Miller [email protected]   /  835 Mason Suite A135 Dearborn, Mi  48124

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

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