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Build with Wayne Metro

The programs and services under the Build banner of our Empowerment Pathway are focused on taking previous successes and building upon them. Our after-school and summer youth programs support education and healthy eating initiatives. Digital literacy and computer classes along with employment skill building can help adults take the next step towards higher education and higher earning jobs. These programs focus on building individuals, families, and communities up through holistic anti-poverty efforts – all essential pieces for a thriving Wayne County.

Youth, Summer, & After-School Programs

After School Youth Programs

Wayne Metro’s After-School Youth Services is part of the Michigan Department of Education 21st Century Learning Centers program . The After-School Youth Services are STEM focused and provide high-quality academic enrichment and fun-filled recreational activities for youth in safe surroundings. The program can provide your child with:

  • Homework assistance
  • Academic tutoring
  • Arts and crafts activities
  • Sports and other athletic games
  • Field trips
  • Community service opportunities
  • Computer learning and other technology experiences
  • Career exploration opportunities

After-School Youth Services 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
  • Highland Park Silverback Academy – Wayne Metro Cortland Academy

Summer Youth Programs

Wayne Metro’s Summer Youth Programs can provide your child with opportunities for continuous learning during the summer months in a fun, safe environment. These programs run Monday through Thursday each week from June through August. Both children and teens can take part in daily recreational activities such as swimming, gardening, arts and crafts, social activities and team building. There are also fun and educational field trips scheduled through the program.

Programs are currently available in the following communities and locations:

  • 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 the Wayne Metro Call Center at 313-388-9799.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form[i], (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/filing-program-discrimination-complaint-usda-customer, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Digital Learning

Wayne Metro offers digital learning through our Online Learning Center, also known as Wayne Metro Genius.


Early Childhood Services & Education

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Wayne Metro Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for income-eligible families with children between the ages of 0 and 5. The Head Start classrooms offer a safe, supportive environment where your child can learn, grow, and develop. The program follows the High/Scope Preschool Education teaching method, a nationally accepted and successful approach to preschool education that has been in use for over 30 years.

Wayne Metro Head Start is more than just a preschool program for children. As a parent of a Head Start child, the program will provide you and your family with supportive programs and services too. You will also be encouraged to become involved with the Head Start program and provide your input for the participating children’s education and development. Also, your family can take advantage of some great activities and programs too.

For enrolled children, Wayne Metro Head Start Offers:

  • Full or part day classes
  • Teachers specializing in Childhood Development and Early Education
  • Culturally diverse staff
  • Resources to FREE medical and dental care
  • Balanced nutrition (healthy meals and snacks)
  • Opportunities for positive social activities
  • Development of team building and problem-solving skills
  • Advancement in language and literacy
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Confidence for starting kindergarten
  • Excitement for learning
  • Special services for children with disabilities
  • For the families of Head Start children, the program offers:
  • Rewards and incentives for program volunteers
  • Guidance and access to helpful family resources
  • Activities for fatherhood and male role model involvement
  • Interesting educational programs and workshops
  • Special family events and activities
  • Parent/Child development workshops
  • Opportunities to get involved in the Head Start classroom and other fun volunteer activities

Child enrollment eligibility is based on family income and the age of the child. This is determined when a child’s Head Start enrollment application is submitted to Wayne Metro.

NOTE: Children do not have to be potty-trained to be enrolled in Head Start.

Click here to enroll your child in Wayne Metro Head Start!

Click here to view our most read Head Start Annual Report!

Children with disabilities

Wayne Metro Head Start works to make certain that any child with a disability is included in all regular classroom activities right alongside the other Head Start children. If special accommodations are needed for your child to participate in a special activity, the Head Start teachers and staff will do all they can to give every child a safe, fun, and rewarding experience. Special resources and guidance services are available for any enrolled child with a disability, their parents, and family.

For more information, please contact the Wayne Metro Call Center or visit Wayne Metro Head Start on Facebook at: http://facebook.com/wmheadstart.

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
ACCESS
2651 Saulino Ct.
Dearborn, 48120
(313) 297‐4269
Beck Center
27100 Bennett
Redford, 48240
(313) 203-0553
M&M Childcare Center
5273 Kenilworth
Dearborn, 48126
(313) 202-0548
Shear Early Childhood Center
26141 Schoolcraft
Redford, 48239
(313) 242‐0547
St. Albert the Great
4671 Parker
Dearborn Heights, 48125
(313) 203-1632

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form[i], (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html[ii], and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Employment Skill Building

Wayne Metro’s Employment Training Programs are offered at no cost to residents of Out-Wayne County experiencing homelessness, and are designed to help improve job readiness and skills. Wayne Metro employment counselors will help you identify and overcome any barriers that can block your path to employment. In the program, you and your employment counselor will develop an Individualized Service Plan based on your personal needs and goals. The program begins with a personal interview with an employment counselor to determine your program eligibility, followed by a review of your work history, education, and skills. You and your counselor will also do research to identify any services for which you may qualify. Finally, you will be enrolled in the complete Employment Training Program. The Employment Training Program includes participation in:

Coffee Clutch Employment Support Group

This employment support group meets weekly and will teach you:

  • New skills to make you a better employment candidate
  • How to design and write your resume and cover letters
  • Which people you should put on your list of personal references
  • Tips on finding job openings
  • Proper job application and follow-up techniques
  • The best ways to handle a job interview
  • In the group, you will also be provided with:
  • Email account set up, Internet, fax, copier, and office supply access
  • Mailing service to send out your cover letters, resumes, and job applications
  • Access to many different career planning resources
  • Bus fare to get you to your job interviews, if you qualify

Work Experience Program

This program will provide you with up to 8 weeks of valuable on-the-job paid work experience. This will enhance your employability by teaching you job skills or updating your current skills. After you complete your on-the-job training experience, you can return to Wayne Metro for job placement assistance with your upgraded resume, a letter of recommendation from your employment counselor, and great work references.

Support Services Program

This program is designed to help you with “continuous employment maintenance” (in other words, keeping you employed) once you have found a job. The program will give you on-going support and counseling so you can achieve your plans and goals.  Eligible participants include those going to work or who are beginning a work experience/OJT program. With your employment counselor, your support services are chosen and scheduled to meet your specific needs and may include: work uniforms and clothing, tools and supplies for your special job or training needs, transportation assistance, guidance in getting your driver’s license restored, job certifications and licenses, text books, and access to other resources to meet your needs in achieving your service plan and employment goals.

The Community Educational Program

This program will give you opportunities for life-long learning and personal growth. When you enroll in Wayne Metro’s Employment Training Program, you can take part in many different training services and educational programs. You will also be guided to sources of financial aid for school, as well as course selection and class scheduling information.
To be eligible for Wayne Metro’s Employment Training Program, you must live in Out-Wayne County (outside the city of Detroit), and be considered homeless as defined by HUD.


Family Literacy & Education

Wayne Metro’s Learning Education and Parenting Success (LEAPS) Program is a whole-family literacy program offered to income-eligible parents of Wayne County and their children, ages six months to 8 years. Wayne Metro understands that you want your child to do their best in school; this means more than just getting good grades. You want your child to develop socially and to grow their imaginations, ideas, and dreams. For your child to truly thrive in school, they will need your guidance, encouragement, and academic support. However, how can you best assist your child with their schooling if you are not prepared?

The LEAPS Program will help you to help your child by strengthening your own literacy skills and providing you with positive parenting and guidance tools so you can inspire your child to be a great learner and to grow in every way.
The LEAPS Program offers a special set of services called Parents As Learners. These services will provide you with the academic and parenting skills you need to assist your child in their schooling and personal growth. Services for Parents As Learners include:

  • General Education Development (GED) preparation, Adult Basic Education (ABE), and English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Life Skills and Employment Training Opportunities
  • Family goal setting

There are also services that will provide you with helpful tips and methods for teaching and reinforcing your child’s classroom lessons. These services include:

  • Parent training to support and improve your child’s reading skills
  • Interactive parent/child literacy-based learning activities
  • Free books and literacy materials

Wayne Metro also offers a group of services called Children As Learners. These LEAPS programs will provide your child with special services and activities that can help him or her to be a gold-star student in school. Services for Children As Learners include:

  • One-on-one and group early childhood instruction
  • Reading improvement activities and tools
  • Positive support and encouragement
  • Nutritional meals and snacks
  • Safe and caring settings for social and emotional development


Neighborhood Redevelopment

Wayne Metro has been building, rehabilitating, and selling affordable housing throughout Wayne County since 1998. Over 150 homes have been developed for homeownership working with a variety of partners including Wayne County Community Development Division, Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and many local cities. The Agency is currently offering homes for sale through the National Stabilization Program and Homebuyer Assistance forgivable loans through the First Time Homebuyer Program.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

Through a partnership with Wayne County, Wayne Metro redeveloped 11 homes within Wayne County communities.  These homes have been fully rehabilitated with rebuilt kitchens and bathrooms, all new appliances, hot water heaters, roofs and siding, heating systems, landscaping, security systems and much more.  Each home comes with at least $50,000 in built in equity based on the level of improvements made. These homes are set aside for homebuyers that meet the 50% AMI income limit. Down Payment and Closing Cost assistance up to $7,500 is available towards all homes.

NSP Inccome Limits

Eligible Homebuyers:

  • Annual household income cannot exceed limits
  • Buyer must attend an eight-hour homebuyer education class from a HUD Certified Counseling Agency
  • Buyer must be able to qualify for a mortgage; Wayne Metro can help you become mortgage ready!
  • Buyer must live in the home as your primary residence (no investment property use allowed)

*Currently no homes are for sale.


Transportation Solutions

*The “Vehicles For Change Program” is temporarily closed and not accepting responses for the wait list at this time.

Wayne Metro partners with Vehicles for Change Detroit to help low-income families throughout the City of Detroit purchase a reliable vehicle for their family. A nonprofit organization, VFC receives 99 percent of its car donations from the public and much of its funding from partner organizations like Wayne Metro.

VFC repairs and refurbishes cars that meet our quality standards and awards them for as little as $750 to eligible families who are referred by social service agencies like Wayne Metro. Vehicles for Change guarantees low-interest car loans, under $1,000, helping recipients build credit while achieving pride of ownership. Additionally, the vehicles carry a six-month/6,000-mile warranty. The Detroit program is the first national expansion of Vehicles for Change and started last year.

Since its inception, over 15 vehicles have been distributed to people in need. Learn more information about Vehicles for Change Detroit, or click here to determine eligibility.


Online Learning

Wayne Metro’s Wayne Metro Genius Online Learning System features a variety of courses that support all of our Empowerment Pathway Programming. For a course list or to sign into your account, click here.

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