Detroit Early Childhood Education

Third-grade reading proficiency is a key indicator of children’s future success, and only 15.1% of third graders who attend school in Detroit were proficient in reading for the 2016-17 school year.

Poverty Solutions is helping to select and track metrics of success for two early childhood literacy efforts that bring together community partners and share leading practices for improving children’s reading skills.

For more information on Poverty Solutions’ role with these programs, contact Project Manager Natalie Peterson at

Munger Leads When Munger Reads 

This pilot program started in 2018 is centered in the neighborhood around Munger Elementary and Middle School in Detroit, serving children from birth to age 8 and their families. The overarching goal is to create a literacy-focused community in the Munger neighborhood by providing parents with strategies to strengthen their children’s language skills, ensuring children are grade-level ready when they start kindergarten, and providing extra supports to students at school. 

Download the full “Munger Leads When Munger Reads, Year 1 Report”

  • Authority Health’s Nurse Family Partnership program;
  • Brilliant Detroit;
  • City of Detroit Office of Neighborhood Revitalization, District 6;
  • Detroit Fire Department, Ladder 22;
  • Detroit Public Schools Community District Central Office;
  • Great Start Collaborative Wayne;
  • Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church;
  • Henry Ford Health System;
  • Maura Corrigan, Counsel at Butzel Long and retired Michigan Department of Human Services director and Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice;
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services;
  • Munger Elementary Middle School principal, assistant principal, staff, and Parent Teacher Association;
  • Paul and Amy Blavin, founders of Inspiring Action For Good;
  • Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan;
  • Southwest Solutions;
  • United Way of Southeastern Michigan; and
  • Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency. 


This is the local chapter of the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which engages community partners to ensure more children in low-income families succeed in school, with a focus on third-grade reading ability. 313Reads! is preparing to expand to a city-wide network of child care providers, policymakers, and other partners to share leading practices, assess available services, and track results.

313Reads! overview

  • Attendance Works,
  • Black Family Development, Inc.,
  • Brainiacs Clubhouse,
  • Brightmoor Alliance,
  • Brilliant Detroit,
  • Center for Success,
  • Community Education Commission,
  • Detroit 90/90,
  • Detroit Historic Development Corporation,
  • Detroit Parent Network,
  • Detroit Parks and Recreation,
  • Detroit Public Libraries,
  • Detroit Public Schools Community District,
  • Developing K.I.D.S.,
  • Grand Valley State University,
  • Great Start Collaborative Wayne County,
  • Michigan State University,
  • Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan,
  • Say and Play,
  • Soar Detroit,
  • Starfish Family Services,
  • The Skillman Foundation,
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan,
  • Urban Neighborhood Initiative,
  • Wayne Metro Community Alliance Action Agency,
  • Wayne State University College of Education,
  • Wellspring, and
  • Youth Development Resource Center.