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After-School School-Age Youth Programs

Wayne Metro's After-School Youth Services provide high quality academic enrichment and recreational activities. 

Wayne Metro is proud to be a part of the Michigan Department of Education 21st Century Learning Centers program. 

Youth enrolled in each of Wayne Metro's After School programs receive high-quality care and enjoyable activities such as:

  • Homework assistance
  • Academic tutoring
  • Arts and crafts, painting, drawing and more
  • Sports and other physical activity
  • Field Trips
  • Community Service Opportunitiies
  • Computer learning and other technology
  • Career Exploration Opportunities (Music Producing, Cake Decorating, Cosmetology, etc.)

Programs are currently available in the following communities and locations:

  • Lincoln Park Middle School Action Institute -  Lincoln Park Middle School in Lincoln Park
  • Lincoln Park High School Action Institute - Lincoln Park High School in Lincoln Park
  • Raupp Action Institute - Raupp Elementary School in Lincoln Park
  • Strong Action Institute - Strong Middle School in Melvindale
  • K.E.Y. Program - Wayne County Family Center Homeless Shelter in Westland

For more information please contact: (734) 284-6999

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Community Baby Shower

Wayne Metro hosts an Annual Baby Shower for low-income expectant parents each Spring. The event includes informational presentations that help expectant parents prepare for the arrival of their new baby. Presentations vary each year, but have included:

  • Brain Development
  • The Importance of Early Education
  • Breastfeeding
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Parenting Styles 
  • Nutrition
  • Dental Care 
  • Safety in the Home

The Baby Shower is also an opportunity for parents to receive much-needed items for their new baby. Parents attending the Shower are eligible to receive free gifts during the event.

To be eligible, parents must:

  • Be low-income
  • Reside in Wayne County 
  • Currently be pregnant or have a child under 3 months of age as of the date of the Shower.

For more information, please contact:

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency
2121 Biddle, Suite 102
Wyandotte, MI 48192
(734) 246-2280

Early Learning Community (ELC) Program

Wayne Metro’s Early Learning Communities (ELC) Program, in partnership with United Way of Southeastern Michigan, is a place to help you prepare children ages 0 to 5 years for success in school.

Wayne Metro’s ELC Program offers trainings in three locations: Highland Park, Hamtramck, and Harper Woods.

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, neighbor, or professional childcare provider, the ELC is here to support you in providing children a great start so they enter school prepared and ready to learn. Involvement in the Early Learning Communities Program offers many benefits:

  • A safe, friendly space for learning, sharing and making new friendships, a place where you are welcomed like family.

  • Learn different stages of childhood development and child education techniques.

  • Network with peers living and working in your neighborhood to share experiences to build stronger families and give children a better start in life.

  • Over 33 High Scope research-based workshops on a wide array of child development topics.

  • Work towards meeting state licensing requirements and qualified learning towards Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) and CEUs to further educational credentials.

  • Play and Learn Parent and Child Interactive Literacy groups.

  • A Lending Library that offers free training, resources and educational materials that parents and caregivers can use in the home or classroom.

  • Access Mentors and technical assistance for licensed childcare providers to participate in the Great Start to Quality by completing the Self Assessment Survey and developing a Quality Improvement Plan.

For a list of this month’s ELC workshop classes and locations, icon ELC Calendar

To join Wayne Metro’s Early Learning Communities, contact:

Monique Martin-Johnson

138 Cortland

Highland Park, MI 48203

(313) 202-0304

You can also find more information and register at the link below.


Head Start

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Wayne Metro Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for income-eligible families with children between the ages of 3-5 in the cities of Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park and the Grosse Pointes. 

The Head Start Program classroom offers a warm and comfortable environment where young children can learn, grow and develop. The Head Start educational curriculum of High/Scope is a nationally accepted approach to preschool education that has been tested and researched for more than 30 years.

Head Start is more than just a preschool. Head Start provides supportive services to the entire family. Parents are encouraged to be involved and have input into all phases of the program. 

Head Start Offers Children:

  • Full or Part Day Classes
  • Resources to FREE Medical and Dental Care
  • Nutrition (healthy meals and snacks)
  • Socialization & Problem Solving Skills
  • Language & Literacy
  • Self Confidence
  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Excitement for Learning
  • Services for Children with Disabilities
  • Culturally Diverse Staff

Head Start Offers Families:

  • Degreed Staff Trained in Childhood Development and Early Education
  • Incentive Programs
  • Fatherhood/Male Involvement Activities
  • Educational Programs & Workshops
  • Special Events/Activities for the Entire Family
  • Child Development Workshops
  • Classroom Involvement & Volunteering

Eligibility is based on income and age, and will be determined at the time of application. Children do not have to be potty-trained to enroll in Head Start.

Children with Disabilities

Children with a disability are mainstreamed in a regular classroom setting. Additional resources and referrals are provided to the child, parents and family (as needed).

Head Start Program Site Information:

Hamtramck Head Start at Wayne Metro Early Childhood Center
12031 Mitchell
Hamtramck, MI 48212 
(313) 202-0255

Harper Woods Head Start
19258 Kelly
Harper Woods, MI 48225 
(313) 202-0321

Highland Park Head Start at Cortland Elementary
138 Cortland St.
Highland Park, MI 48203
(313) 202-0280

Grosse Pointe Head Start at Poupard Elementary
20655 Lennon
Harper Woods, MI 48225
(313) 432-4800

2651 Saulino Ct.
Dearborn, 48120
(313) 297‐4269

Beck Center
27100 Bennett
Redford, 48240
(313) 538‐2617

M&M Childcare Center
5273 Kenilworth
Dearborn, 48126
(313) 846‐3198

Shear Early Childhood Center
Redford, 48236
(313) 242‐0547

Lathers Early Childhood Center
28351 Marquette
Garden City, 48135
(734) 762‐8467

St. Albert the Great
4761 Parker
Dearborn Heights, 48125
(313) 278‐9604

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Homeless Youth Education Project

Wayne Metro’s Homeless Youth Education Project provides support and resources to homeless children and families to ensure that they receive high-quality educational experiences like their peers. The Program also provides trainings and technical assistance to teachers, school administrators and homeless liaisons.

Support Services include:

  • Help with identifying homeless/marginally housed children
  • One-on-one or group trainings
  • Technical assistance
  • Help with budget guidelines and appropriate usage of funds
  • Transportation Coordination
  • Linkages to resources and networking with local, community-based homeless, and social service agencies.

Wayne Metro is the Michigan Department of Education’s Homeless Services Grant Coordinator.

For more information please contact:

Taylor Community Service Center
Julie Ratekin, Homeless Children & Youth Projects Coordinator
26650 Eureka Rd.
Taylor, MI 48180 

Literacy Education and Parenting Success (LEAPS) Family Literacy Program

Wayne Metro’s LEAPS Program is a family literacy program offered to income-eligible parents and their children ages six months to 8 years old of age. The LEAPS Program helps parents strengthen the literacy and parenting skills they need to help their children reach their full capacity as learners.

LEAPS is modeled after the high quality and comprehensive family literacy services established under the agency's previous Even Start Program.  In 2012, Wayne Metro received a grant from the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to implement this program and offer GED and ESL classes to low-income families. The LEAPS program offers comprehensive and integrated services, including:

Parents As Learners:

  • General Education Development (GED) preparation, Adult Basic Education (ABE), and English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Small class sizes
  • Life Skills and Employment Training Opportunities
  • Monthly, individualized home visits
  • Family goal setting

Parents As Teachers – Parent Education and Parent-Child Interactive Literacy:

  • Parent training to support children’s reading readiness
  • Literacy-based activities between parent and child
  • Family centered events and field-trips
  • Free books and literacy materials

Children As Learners – Early Childhood:

  • Free, age-appropriate early childhood instruction
  • Nutritional meals and snacks
  • Safe and caring atmosphere
  • Access to Head Start Program

For more information please contact:

Deanne Surles
Literacty Programs Manager - Detroit Division
7310 Woodward, Ste. 400
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 873-6000


Summer Youth Programs

Wayne Metro's Summer Youth Programs provide children with an opportunity to enjoy the summer months in a fun, safe environment. 

The agency’s Summer Youth Programs generally run Monday through Thursday and children and teens take part in daily activities like recreation, gardening, crafts, problem solving and team building. Swimming and frequent field trips are also scheduled.

K.E.Y. (Keeping an Eye on Youth) Summer Program - Located at the Wayne County Family Center in Westland the K.E.Y. Program is a free program for children 5-17 years of age residing with their families at the Wayne County Family Center Homeless Shelter.

Lincoln Park Middle School Action Institute - Lincoln Park Middle School in Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park High School Action Institute - Lincoln Park High School in Lincoln Park

Raupp Action Institute - Raupp Elementary in Lincoln Park

Strong Action Institute - Strong Middle School in Melvindale

River Rouge Hyacinth Court Community Center Program - For youth ages 7-14 who are residents of River Rouge Public Housing

For more information please contact:

Wayne Metro C.A.A. Main Service Office
Carla Chinavare, Director of School Age Youth Programs
2121 Biddle, Suite 102
Wyandotte, MI 48192 

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