Brilliant Detroit was created because people saw the need for better early childhood education. Today 60 percent of Detroit children under five live in poverty with the majority of kids not ready for kindergarten. By third grade only 14 percent read at grade level. Added to this is the fact that 30,000 of the city’s kids have zero learning and care options in their nearby vicinity. Thus, Brilliant Detroit was created to coordinate and connect what works for families and kids in one centrally located, welcoming place.
Brilliant Detroit’s delivery model is also rather unique because it uses underutilized housing stock to create early child and family centers inside the neighborhoods it serves. When a community invites Brilliant Detroit to set up a community center in their neighborhood, Brilliant Detroit often partners with the local community organization to help establish their base and provide relevant services to the community. Families work alongside staff to ensure programs and services meet the needs of neighbors and support the intellectual, social and emotional growth of their young children. In each of their locations, neighbors come together for fellowship, activities and learning to assure school readiness, and provide needed support for families. By rallying neighborhoods and families to help promote better early childhood education, Brilliant Detroit has been able to foster kid success neighborhoods and contribute to creating a better Detroit.