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Matrix Head Start Program Will Remain Virtual Through June 18

Although our community coronavirus indicators are moving in a positive direction, we have decided not to return children to our classrooms for the near term. We have returned to in-person services twice this school year and both times have had to suspend in-person programming within two to three weeks. And, even while open, individual classrooms and centers have been closed due to exposure and quarantine. We had several thoughtful discussions before deciding we would not subject our staff or our parents to that level of uncertainty and rapid change for the remaining six weeks of this school year. Program management is using parent feedback to develop plans for in-person summer programming. Parents are welcome to address questions and concerns to their Center Manager for answers and resolutions. Hopefully, we are seeing the end in sight, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we move through this difficult period.

– Matrix Human Services’ Head Start Birth to 5 Program Staff

Child Summer Care and Child & Youth summer programming Survey

We are currently working to identify needs families are having in the community regarding Child Summer Care and Child & Youth summer programming. The city of Detroit and Hope Starts Here has developed a short survey.

 

Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan (GSRP)

The goal of a Continuity of Learning Plan and COVID-19 Response Plan is to ensure that each District or Public School Academy is providing, to the best of its ability, each student with alternative modes of instruction to help them stay on pace in their learning. This application recognizes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution; multiple means of engaging students and supporting families may be necessary that may vary by grade level, school building, or student population served.

Return to School Guide

Head Start Birth to 5 Program

MI Safe Schools (GSRP) roadmap

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

TEACHER Certification FORM

Matrix has identified eligible Head Start, Early Head Start, and Assistant Teachers for the MI Classroom Heroes Covid 19 Grant. The grant is made available for teachers who provided services during the 2019-2020 School year. Eligible teachers can receive a grant of up to $500. For more information on grant eligibility, please click on the link below. Teachers must complete the Teacher Certification Form 5741 by no later than April 9, 2021 and return it to the HR department. The form will need to be emailed to HRTeam@matrixhs.org. This is also the deadline for individuals to file an appeal of eligibility status in writing. Checks will be sent from the Michigan Department of Treasury to eligible specific program teachers on or about June 4, 2021.

Resources for Pregnant Moms and Children

We will be releasing impactful learning kits that involve virtual learning materials such as, reading via YouTube, and educational packets that are available for download. The educational packets include lessons on nutrition, mental and physical wellness, and other prenatal services for pregnant moms and anyone with a child between the ages, birth to 5 years old.

Early Head Start | Child Care Partnership –

For our children and families: Our Family Advocates and Child Development Specialists will be working remotely, but you will be able to contact them by phone. Family Advocates will contact our families frequently and assist with any resources if necessary. Family advocates will also be available for food drops as well to families.

EHS Home-School Connection Calendar

Parents please initial each activity completed with your child and hand in form to your teacher(s) bi-weekly.

Developmental Activities

Head Start Birth to 5 – 

Your family advocates will be reaching out to you a few times a week to see if you require any necessities as well as lesson plans for your children. If your question cannot wait and you need immediate assistance, please view the location list and call the number of your Head Start center. Your call will be directed to the Center Manager’s cell phone numbers who will assist you with any immediate concerns.

Care Village

11148 Harper
Detroit, Ml 48213
(313) 285-1921

Fiore

3950 Toledo
Detroit, Ml 48216
(313) 297-7739

Manuel Reyes

8500 W. Vernor
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 843-2722

Samaritan

5555 Conner
Detroit, Ml 48213
(313) 285-1928

Cecil

5690 Cecil
Detroit, Ml 48201
(313) 897-3310

Infinity I

9208 Gratiot
Detroit, MI 48213
(313) 285-1926

Pathways

11322 E. Jefferson
Detroit, Ml 48214
(313)285-1912

St. Stephen

1235 Lawndale
Detroit, Ml 48209
(313) 841-6254

Eastlake

1021 Clairpointe
Detroit, Ml 48215
(313) 285-1893

Infinity II

8900 Gratiot 
Detroit, MI 48213
(313) 285-1927

Plymouth

4600 Russell
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 285-1890

Tabernacle

2080 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48208
(313)285-1917

Eternal Rock

4300 Lonyo
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 581-5555

Lakewood

14200 Kercheval
Detroit, Ml 48215
(313) 285-1929

Salem

21230 Morass
Detroit, Ml 48236
(313)285-1913

Word of Truth

4900 Lovett
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 898-3043

Head Start Home-School Connection Calendar

Parents please initial each activity completed with your child and hand in form to your teacher(s) bi-weekly.

Children Transitioning to Kindergarten Activities

PARENTS:  Making Kids Feel Safe

This is a stressful time for everyone and especially for our youngest learners, whose routines are about to undergo a major change – change that they may not fully understand. If you aren’t sure how to start the conversation, this short article on how to talk to your kids should help.

We recommend making the conversation E.A.S.Y. when discussing issues like this with young children:

Eye-level

Age Appropriate Language

Soft voice

Yield to allow children to share thoughts or ask questions

Need inspiration? Check out this video on talking about the virus from DPTV’s Early Education Manager Tara Hardy to help you begin.

 

PARENTS:  Learning Resources and Activities

App of the Day: PBS KIDS Games

PBS KIDS Games app has more than 100 free games for your 2-8-year-olds.  In this safe learning environment, kids learn science, math reading, creativity and more.   Play mazes, puzzles, dress-up, coloring and more.  The games feature their favorite PBS KIDS characters and help teach everything from the ABCs and shapes to reading and math.   Free for iOS and Android devices in the app store, and no in-app purchases required.

Preschool to Grade 2: Make a Boat

Will a toy car float?  How about a tin pie plate?  In this short video from The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! Nick and Sally test some objects in their backyard wading pool (a bathtub makes a good substitute), to see what will float and what won’t.

Grades 6-8: Dunk Tank!

In this interactive math game, learners explore mean, media, mode, range and how to recognize which central tendency best represents a set of data. 

Grades 3-5: Measuring Length Precisely

In this video segment from Cyberchase, the CyberSquad must remove a voice box from a giant statue without touching the laser alarms that protect it.  They need an exact measurement, and your students will be asked to help!   A ruler is needed.

Grades 9-12: Making Cents

This video series teaches teens and pre-teens how to manage their money and foster an entrepreneurial spirit. 

Head Start Enrollment Appointments Available

New families are welcome to apply online. To schedule an enrollment appointment please call (313) 285-1905.