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Hope Starts Here, along with United Way of Southeastern Michigan, the City of Detroit and more than a dozen other partners are showing how Detroiters can come together to meet a crisis head-on

I am a provider that is:

Open for Essential Workers

Up-to-date information to ensure you have the resources and information you need to continue operating.


Willing to Re-Open

Learn the process to re-open your center to serve the children of essential workers. This includes guidance from LARA and resources for financial relief.


Currently Closed

As executive orders transition we want to make sure you stay informed so you are able to re-open when you are comfortable. View updates here.


Are you an essential worker looking for childcare?

Complete the form here to receive a referral to a childcare center currently open and serving the children of essential workers. Note: Normal childcare fees will apply.

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Child Care Relief Fund

We have worked to assemble all the up to date information for the Child Care Relief Fund. View details, links and upcoming webinars here.

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Hope Starts with You.

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In response to the COVID-19 health care emergency, this online support for the childcare provider community is being coordinated as part of the Hope Starts Here (HSH) partnership in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office,   of Detroit, and United Way of Southeastern Michigan.

We are Ready

COVID-19 has added a new layer of difficulty to the critical work of early childhood providers. We know there is so much information to process and so much to do. We are here to help you navigate through your to-do list, answer your questions, and direct you to resources that may address your needs.

Schedule 1:1 Office Hours

Use this tool to schedule 1:1 office hours. We can help you: submit grant and loan applications, understand federal and state policy guidance and know what you need to re-open

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Meet the team

It Takes a Village

Below you will find resources from partners aiming to support the early childhood education community. Please reach out directly to each organization for further assistance.

A Guide for Detroit Child Care Providers to Navigate the Covid-19 Crisis

Hope Starts Here and partners worked with an early education expert to breakdown the implications of Covid-19 on the early education community in Detroit.  The document is divided into three sections:


A knowledge guide including the most current information on how to:

  • Maintain the financial stability of your program
  • Protect the health of your children, families and staff
  • Support the well-being of your families and community


risk/benefit assessment to help guide your decision of whether to remain open (or re-open) to offer child care to families, prioritizing services to children of critical infrastructure workers.


flow chart to lead you to the resources most relevant for you and your program. The flow chart will take you through three steps that will help you:

  • Inventory short-term revenue and expenses given current conditions
  • Calculate short-term cash flow to meet your needs
  • Seek additional funding as necessary

Sources you can trust.

Browse the resources here to stay up-to-date on credible information relevant for early education providers.

Cleaning Recommendations for US Households with Suspected / Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019. Read More

City of Detroit’s hub for all the resources and information your business needs during the COVID-19 crisis. On this page you will find trainings, loan/grant applications, and opportunities to improve the visibility and viability of your business online. Read More

List and status of Governor Whitmer’s Coronavirus Executive Orders. Read More

Michigan Department Education, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Labor and Economic Opportunity, and Health and Human Services. Read More

UM Poverty Solutions provides information on how to access various resources aimed at supporting Michiganders through the coronavirus pandemic and related economic slowdown. Read More

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) COVID-19 Education, Information and Resources. Read More

Find clarification on how programs can support, when possible, the use of closed Head Start centers as temporary child care centers for medical personnel and essential workers. By law, Head Start funds can only be used to provide Head Start services to eligible children and families. Read More

This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA. Read More

Apply for Financial Relief

If you have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, you may be eligible for emergency financial help from philanthropy, state government and federal government. Get help paying for food, housing, bills, and more. Learn about stimulus checks and how to apply for three months of Michigan’s Child Care Relief Fund grants.

CDC Provider Rate Increases

CDC Provider Rate Increases Overview Child Development Care (CDC or subsidy) provider rate increases went into effect as of April 20, 2020. Effective date is January 1, 2020; back payments

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Federal Tax Day Relief

Federal Tax Day Relief Overview The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing and payment due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020,

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Child Care Relief Fund

Child Care Relief Fund from the Michigan Department of Education Opens: April 29th View Website Apply Here Download FAQs Sign Up for the Fri, 5/1 Webinar at 1pm Sign Up

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Michigan Unemployment Insurance

Michigan Unemployment Insurance Overview May 7 Executive Order extends Executive Order 2020-57, which:Expands the state’s workshare program, offering more tools to employers to reduce layoffs and restart their business. Extends

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Made for You

Browse articles collected specifically for early education providers.

Connected Futures Program, DPSCD

Caring for school-age children? A coalition of Detroit businesses and philanthropic organizations announced a plan to place a computer tablet with high-speed LTE internet connectivity, along with technical support, into the hands of every Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) K-12 student before the end of the school year.

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What one study from China tells us about COVID-19 and children

The study looked at information about 2,143 children with COVID-19 infections that were reported to China’s Centers for Disease Control from January 16 to February 8 of this year. Of the infections, about a third were confirmed with a laboratory test for COVID-19. The others were diagnosed based on symptoms and the results of other tests, such as x-rays.

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People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

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Childcare Symptoms Monitoring Protocol

Children and staff need to take preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses

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Things to Clean and Disinfect in Daycare Environments

Staff should clean and disinfect all areas (e.g., offices, playrooms, cribs, bedding, bathrooms, and common play areas)

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Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open Supplemental Guidance

Includes additional options for screening children upon arrival to ensure that children who have a fever or other signs of illness are not admitted to the facility. The additional options may be useful when personal protective equipment (PPE) is in short supply.

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