One of the best ways to help close the education gap for low-income kids is Head Start.
Up to 36,000 children around Michigan, and their families, rely on Head Start for free early childhood education, meals, and support services for parents, all of which are funded by the federal government.
But Chalkbeat Detroit reports 11 Head Start centers in Southwest Detroit are closing by the end of the year. That means some 420 children will have to be transferred to other centers, and 122 employees will be laid off. The affected centers are run by Southwest Solutions, a social service organization.
What happened? And are other Head Start centers in Michigan on shaky ground too?