Detroit, Michigan—Matrix Human Services, a 113-year-old social service organization serving the most vulnerable children and families throughout the City of Detroit, has received its next five-year federal grant from the Agency for Children and Families to continue providing services to 1,429 children.  The Matrix program will deliver early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low income children from birth to five years old, in family homes and at 16 centers throughout the city of Detroit.

“This grant award ensures that Matrix will continue its pre-eminent role in early childhood development for the most vulnerable children in Detroit.  The new Head Start grant, combined with our existing Child Care Partnership program, means that Matrix remains one of the city’s largest providers of early childhood education,” said Matrix Chief Executive Officer Brad Coulter.  “We will have similar funding in the new grant but with lower enrollment, resulting in more funds to spend per child.  This will allow Matrix to increase teacher pay to improve retention and promote teacher recruitment, and ultimately provide the highest quality of services to our children.” 

Matrix Human Services has always focused on children and families.  The organization began Head Start operations in 1981 and currently operates Head Start Centers in Southwest Detroit, Central Detroit, and on the east side.

To get more information on Matrix Head Start programs, go to or call: 313-285-1905.

Note that parents wishing to enroll their children in Matrix September 2019 Head Start program must provide the following documents:

Documents needed to complete applications:

  1. Child(ren) birth certificate
  2. Picture I.D. of enrolling parent/guardian
  3. Proof of yearly income (i.e. 2018 Federal 1040, 2018 W2 form(s), 2018 1099, SSI, TANF, Social Security benefits, Child support)
  4. Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) if applicable


Jo Bourjaily



Detroit-based Matrix Human Services is a 113-year-old, 501(c) (3), social services organization committed to helping youth, individuals and families reach self-sufficiency through offering basic human services and positive life experiences. Matrix offers assistance with basic needs, education, and supportive services that defuse crisis, treat individuals and family problems, prevent abuse and neglect.

  1. Matrix is the 22nd largest non-profit in Southeast Michigan and provides programs to over 20,000 of our most vulnerable children and individuals annually throughout the Detroit area.
  2. Matrix Human Services’ programs encompass early childhood, youth & families in crisis, community programs, events, senior services, HIV/AIDS support and includes the largest Early Education program in Detroit.
  3. Matrix runs the largest preschool early education program in the City serving almost 1,500 children per school year. 
  4. Matrix runs teen mentoring and counseling programming in and after school throughout the city.
  5. Matrix administers one of the largest HIV outreach, prevention, and after-care programs in the Detroit metropolitan area.
  6. Matrix also operates a large community center in the eastside Osborn neighborhood that houses basic care needs and an array of supportive services.
  7. Matrix provides a variety of educational and training programs including financial education, housing assistance, and an online high school diploma program.

For more about Matrix Human Services, visit