Hope Starts Here 2019 Summit & Marygrove Early Childhood Center Groundbreak...

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Marygrove College

8425 W McNichols

Detroit, MI 48221

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You’re invited to the Hope Starts Here 2019 Summit and the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new early childhood center at Marygrove! This summit will celebrate progress of the Hope Starts Here framework and uplift the incredible work being done in Detroit to support our youngest children. At the 2019 Summit, we’ll honor the stories of our providers, professionals and families who have worked together across Detroit to advance our shared vision of a Detroit that puts its children first.

Immediately before the summit, we will celebrate the groundbreaking for the new early childhood center at Marygrove. This brand-new early childhood center, scheduled to open in Fall 2021, will anchor the cradle-to-career campus at Marygrove to provide a high-quality early educational experience for over 100 children and families from birth to age 5. As with Hope Starts Here, partners on the cradle-to-career campus are connecting lessons and legacies of Detroit with those learned from other cities. The goal is to create both a center for its immediate children and families as well as a resource for other early learning providers in the community. Speakers at the groundbreaking include representatives from the center’s developer, operator, construction manager, architect, and other partners.

At the Hope Starts Here 2019 Summit, you’ll hear from:

  • Mayor Mike Duggan, City of Detroit

  • Denise Smith, Hope Starts Here’s first Implementation Director

  • Dr. Nkechy Ezeh, Founder & CEO, Grand Rapids Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

  • Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive & Chief Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

  • La June Montgomery Tabron and Rip Rapson, Co-Chairs of the Hope Starts Here Stewardship Board

  • Additional national speakers to be confirmed!

During the Design Workshops, you’ll hear about ways Detroiters can become part of the Detroit Champions of Hope network to advocate for different priorities to support our children and families:

  • Grassroots Organizing for Detroit’s Children

  • The Art and Science of Data: Using Data to Better Support Children and Families

  • Inspiring Spaces: Creating Quality Early Childhood Facilities in Detroit

  • Turning Hope into Reality: How You Can Support Policy Change that Puts Children and Families First

Through the day, Ideation Stations will provide opportunities to network with early childhood leaders across the city, learn about innovative programs and services in Detroit, and share your ideas on how to best serve families in our community.


We welcome you to join us at 8:30am if you are attending the Groundbreaking Ceremony. The Hope Starts Here Summit will begin immediately after the Groundbreaking Ceremony, at 9:30am. Both events are held at Marygrove College (8425 W. McNichols) - the Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place in a heated tent on the campus front lawn, and the Summit will be held in the Madame Cadillac Hall. Parking is available on-site.

Childcare will also be provided on-site and will be available in the Madame Cadillac Building starting at 8:30am for both Groundbreaking and Summit attendees. All attendees requiring childcare must first sign in at the Madame Cadillac Building.

  • 8:30am - 9:00am: Networking and refreshments for the Groundbreaking Ceremony

  • 9:00am - 9:30am: Groundbreaking Ceremony

  • 9:00am - 10:00am: Networking, breakfast and registration for Hope Starts Here Summit

  • 10:00am - 11:00am: Opening Plenary for Hope Starts Here Summit, beginning immediately after the conclusion of the Groundbreaking Ceremony

  • 11:15am - 12:15pm: Design Workshops

  • 12:15pm - 1:45pm: Lunch Plenary and Introduction of Hope Starts Here’s Implementation Director

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Design Workshops

  • 3:00pm - 3:45pm: Closing Plenary and National Speaker Highlights

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Marygrove College

8425 W McNichols

Detroit, MI 48221

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