A quality education is the basis for being able to lead a life of independence and prosperity. It better enables you to write your own future. It helps you direct the futures of your community and country as an active citizen. A good education expands what is possible and makes positive outcomes much more probable.
We support a high-quality system of schools that helps children meet educational milestones and move through life as capable and confident thinkers. Where Detroit children go, we follow; our investments span both traditional and charter public schools in Detroit. We work to provide the best for Detroit students: high expectations, equitable treatment and resources, and best-in-class curriculum. We back educators and their development to help them lead effective classrooms and schools. We support partnerships between schools, parents, youth providers, and the community at-large.
Third-Grade Reading Proficiency
Third-grade literacy is known to be a strong indicator of life outcomes because it is an academic milestone at which point children should advance from learning to read, to reading to learn. However, in 2019, fewer than half of Michigan third graders scored as reading proficiently, and in Detroit, fewer than 16% achieved the level of proficiency. Years of low marks has made literacy a priority for our city and state, further catalyzed by a 2016 Read by Grade Three Law that provides additional help for students and schools—along with a provision that students may be retained if they are one or more grade levels behind in reading by third grade.
A citywide initiative that works to ensure that all Detroit children read at grade level by third grade
Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren
A collaborative focused on key priorities to improve the city’s system of schools
Detroit Children’s Fund
A nonprofit organization that makes high-potential investments to ensure Detroit students can get a an excellent education
Every School Day Counts Detroit
A program working hard to end chronic absence
Hope Starts Here
A coalition to ensure a vision to ensure that children are born healthy, prepared for kindergarten, and on track for success by third grade and beyond
A cross-section of leaders focused on improving Michigan’s K-12 education outcomes
A collaborative to recruit and support high-quality teachers in Detroit schools
Learning & Evaluation Reports
K-12 Education Team
Strategy lead for K-12 Education. Focus areas include educational instruction and school leadership, educator talent and development, and parent engagement
Strategy lead for afterschool, including advisory support to other afterschool efforts. Focus areas include afterschool programming, community organizing, and family supports
Supports school climate and culture strategies for the K-12 Education area and leads connections with basic needs providers. Also provides support to the Enabling Communities area.
Provides strategic support across the program team and Opportunity Agenda, supporting planning, alignment, measurement, and collaboration across Foundation units
Provides analytic and strategic support across the program team as well as leadership and oversight of the Cody Rouge Partnership
Detroit Children’s Fund
Detroit Children’s Fund is committed to dramatically changing the odds for Detroit youth by ensuring they have exceptional learning and developmental opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom. DCF invests in schools and educators to fund proven strategies that remove barriers to success and result in the creation of quality schools and exceptional educators. DCF is powered in part by a deep partnership with the Skillman Foundation.