Detroit’s Day of the Young Child is a critical opportunity to use your voice to shape the future for Detroit’s children.
On April 27, join more than 2,000 Detroiters for this citywide action to put our children first.
What is the Day of the Young Child? It’s a one-day action focused on Detroit’s children. Across the city, Detroiters will come together in conversation to discuss what early childhood could and should look like here. These 60-minute “listening sessions” will create space to envision a brighter future for our kids, and what we need to do to get there. The ideas shared during the listening sessions will be used to help create a vision and action plan for early childhood here in Detroit.
You can help us make Detroit’s First Annual Day of the Young Child a success! There are four easy ways to participate:
#1: Host a listening session.
These 60-minute conversations will lift up ideas and solutions for Detroit’s kids. Anyone can host one, and we’ll equip you with the resources and tools you need to make yours a success. Sign up to be a listening session host now!
#2: Attend a listening session.
Want to share your ideas about making Detroit a stronger, healthier place for our children? Find a listening session near you.
#3: Incorporate the Day of the Young Child into an existing event.
If you already have a child or family-focused event planned in April, it’s easy to incorporate Day of the Young Child activities. Let us know you’ll be doing so by registering your event here. For ideas on how to incorporate the Day of the Young Child into your event, click here.
#4: Post Day of the Young Child thought posters in your organization, business or venue.
Our posters show what’s at stake for Detroit’s children, then ask community members to add their ideas and solutions. Post these at your organization, business or venue for an easy way to participate. Let us know you’ll be taking part by registering your location here.
Check out the map below to see where listening sessions are happening across the city. Click on a point to find more details, including whether or not the session is open to the public and who to contact if you want to attend. You can download a list of public listening sessions here.
The following resources will help you successfully participate in Detroit’s Day of the Young Child, whether you are an individual or an organization. If you have questions about using these resources or can’t find what you’re looking for, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 313.242.7385.
What is the Detroit Day of the Young Child?
It’s a one-day action to bring together Detroiters in conversation to discuss what early childhood could and should look like here. These “listening sessions” will create space to envision a brighter future for our kids, and what we need to do to get there. The ideas shared during the listening sessions will be used to help create a vision and action plan for early childhood here in Detroit.
Why the Detroit Day of the Young Child?
Consider these facts: Only 14% of Detroit’s children are reading at grade level. Over 30,000 children have no child care services available to them, as there is a child care supply shortage in the city. Twenty-six Detroit schools are on the brink of closure, which will create education deserts in some areas. It’s time to change the tide for our kids.
What is a listening session?
It’s a 60-minute conversation. They can be held over a meal, or any other time that is convenient.
Who can host a listening session?
Anyone! It’s easy. All you have to do is invite members of your community – your friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues, anyone you want – to talk with you about improving Detroit for our children. Then hold your conversation on April 27, and send us the results.
Listening sessions are being held by families, schools, youth, organizations, businesses, faith-based organizations, our local government, and more.
Interested? Sign up to be a host here.
I want to be a host. How do I sign up and get prepared?
Great! You can sign up to be a host by filling out this form. Then download our host toolkit to find all of the information you need to host a successful listening session. If you have any questions, contact email@example.com or 313.242.7385.
Can I host my listening session on a day other than April 27?
While many conversations will happen on April 27, it is fine to host your listening session on another day if that date doesn’t work for you or you already have an event organized that would work well for a listening session. Because we will start using the ideas from the listening sessions ASAP, it’s important that any listening sessions happen on or before April 27.
I already have a family or child-related event planned. How can I incorporate the Day of the Young Child?
You could either use your event to host a listening session or post our idea gathering poster somewhere visible during your event and ask attendees to add their ideas to it. After your event, take a photo of your poster, then post your photo to the Hope Starts Here Facebook page and tag it #HopeBuilds. You can also email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you register your event as a Day of the Young Child participating event by filling out this form.
How can businesses get involved?
Businesses play a critical role in mobilizing community change and are welcome Day of the Young Child participants. Businesses can:
- Include the Hope Starts Here logo on any April 27th Take Your Child to Work Day materials
- Organize a listening session with employees during lunch breaks or at another time during the work day
- Post our thought posters in your break room or in a public area for employees or patrons to contribute ideas.
If your businesses will take part, don’t forget to register as a participant here.
How can youth be involved?
Young people and children of all ages can participate in the Day of the Young Child.
- Middle and High Schools: organize a listening session with students during a class or at lunch time
- Elementary and Early Learning Schools: Distribute Hope Starts Here hope and dream sheets
- Hold an enrollment fair for parents to learn about your school
- Post our thought posters in your break room or in a public area for employees or parents to contribute ideas.
If your school will take part, don’t forget to register as a participant here.