Wayne County Head Start


The mission of Wayne County Head Start is to optimize the potential and diverse strengths of children, families, and communities for a better tomorrow.






The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.

Head Start also helps parents to become more self-sufficient, officials say. They, with the governing board and administrative staff, set policy for their own Head Start programs. Parents can also earn a GED degree or child development associate certification by being involved with Head Start.

Funds are granted from the United States Department of Health and Human Services to Wayne County to provide services to 603 children in Wayne County outside the City of Detroit. Several agencies in Wayne County have been given the responsibility for the actual operation of the Wayne County Head Start site with oversight by Wayne County Head Start, a division of Wayne County Health Veterans & Community Wellness.

 Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center



Head Start Program Management Program Services

The purpose of Administration and Program Management is to provide administrative and fiscal support, leadership, training, technical assistance, and regulatory oversight to five contracted community agencies and a human resources vendor so that eligible children and families receive high quality services as mandated by the Head Start Performance Standards.

Family and Community Partnership Program Services

The purpose of the Family and Community Partnership Program is to provide information, training, skill development and referral services to enrolled families in Wayne County communities (excluding Detroit) so they can address their socio-economic needs and increase self-sufficiency.


Education and Early Childhood Development Program Services

The purpose of the Education and Early Childhood Development Program is to provide social, emotional, cognitive, physical and creative development experiences and referral services to enrolled children, including those with special needs, who live in Wayne County communities so they can demonstrate the skills necessary to enter and succeed in school.


Child Health and Development Program Services

The purpose of the Child Health and Development Program is to provide health, nutrition, social/emotional assessment and referral services to eligible children and families in Wayne County communities (excluding Detroit) so they can obtain health services to support their development as they transition into the school system.

What Head Start Offers You and Your Child:

  • A premier preschool program for children of income eligible families
  • Your child will receive a preschool program at no cost.
  • A learning environment sensitive to children’s individual and group needs
  • Activities fostering cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development
  • Inclusion of children with disabilities
  • A variety of ways for parents to volunteer and participate in their child’s learning
  • Medical and dental services for children
  • Nutritious snacks and meals
  • Parents receive support in developing job skills

Eligibility based on income and age will be determined at the time of application. Wayne County Head Start does not discriminate against any persons because of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, handicap, marital status, age, height, weight, or arrest record.

Click here for Income Guidelines  Click here for online registration


For enrollment information:

Call Wayne County Head Start/Early Head Start
1-866-534-KIDS or the Head Start in your area:

Cotter Early Childhood Center - 13020 Osborne St, Dearborn, MI 48126

(serving Gibraltar, Trenton, Flat Rock, Grosse Ile, Brownstown, Huron, Woodhaven, Melvindale, Allen Park, Romulus, Taylor, Ecorse, Lincoln Park, River Rouge, Southgate, Wyandotte, Riverview, Sumpter, Belleville and Van Buren) 
(734) 785-7702

Journey of Hope Church  - 8900 Pardee, Taylor, MI 48180

(serving Crestwood School District, Inkster, Livonia, Northville, parts of Clarenceville School District, Plymouth, and Canton) 

New Hope Church Wayne - 33640 Michigan Ave, Wayne, MI 48184


Salina Intermediate 4-8 - 2623 Salina Street, Dearborn, MI 48120

Schoolcraft Radcliff - 1751 Radcliff St, Garden City, MI 48135

Wayne-Westland Community Schools - 36745 Marquette St, Westland, MI 48185

(serving the Wayne-Westland School District) 
(734) 419-2635

Home Based Services

IWC Health Communities - 9021 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

St. Clements Episcpoal Church - 4300 Harrison St, Inkster, MI 48141

Description Of WCHS Child Outcome Measures Web Site 

What is Head Start?

To find out more about the program, contact us toll free at: 
1-866-534-KIDS (5437)

Dr. Shenetta Coleman 
Division Director

(313) 833-4785 

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