The thousands of Detroit families who rely on Head Start are some of the neediest in the city. They are parents who are only able to work or finish school because they have access to a free, high-quality education for their small children. They are also the people least able to roll with the kinds of disruptions that come when a school closes, an administration changes, or teachers lose their jobs.
That’s why the latest challenge facing Detroit’s Head Start programs is so concerning. As we reported yesterday, most of the city’s Head Start providers are being made to re-apply for funding after earning low marks on a federal performance review. One provider also left a 3-year-old outside in freezing weather and put children in unsafe classrooms. If funding for these providers isn’t renewed, that could throw the future of dozens of classrooms into doubt for the fall.
Scroll down for more on that story and the rest of today’s education headlines. And, if you missed our public forum on how to solve the problem of students frequently changing schools, check back later today on our site, where we will post a recap. That discussion will also be broadcast next week on WDET’s Detroit Today, and will soon be featured on Detroit Public Television’s American Black Journal. We will share links when they’re available.
For now, though, thanks for reading — and have a great weekend!
— Erin Einhorn, Bureau Chief