For many ProsperUS Detroit Grads and participants, being an entrepreneur is as much about what you are all building for yourselves as it is about what you’re building for your families and communities in the future. An issue this brings up is: how do entrepreneurs balance having a family and building a business? This issue is magnified when school is out for the summer and the issues of extended childcare become even more urgent.
As a program supporting entrepreneurs, we want to recognize that this is absolutely a struggle for many entrepreneurs and want to offer the support of providing a list of some summer childcare resources in Detroit. This list is not exhaustive, but we’re hoping to start the conversation so that other ProsperUS Grads and participants who are parents and caregivers can share their resources and ideas.
*ProsperUS Detroit does not endorse one particular program or opportunity. Please be vigilant it what works for your family / business / community.
Looking for something regular and engaging for your kids? The City of Detroit and the Detroit Parks & Recreation Department are hosting Summer Day Camp 2018; there are multiple child discounts available:
Don’t need something long-term? Are you looking for specific kinds of programs? The United Way of Southeast Michigan put together Summer Spark that can help you find a variety of programs based on specified criteria:
Looking for something more outdoors? Summer Day Camp – Camp Okonoka on Belle Isle is a possibility. There are varying prices depending on the number of days, how many children, and whether your family qualifies for assistance:
At several Detroit schools, the City of Detroit and the Detroit Public Schools Community District have partnered to provide care to children at Detroit Summer Fun Centers. All of the sites are at capacity, but some locations may accept names for waitlists. This is a great option to keep in mind for next year:
For other communities and future parent / caregiver resources that are ongoing, check out:
Detroit Parent Collective (At capacity, but keep a lookout as their space grows!)
Detroit Radical Childcare Collective
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to leave a comment, call the ProsperUS team at 313-297-0083, or reach out to us on social media!