P-20 cradle-to-career campus


The P-20 Cradle-to-Career Campus at Marygrove will be comprised of educational opportunities from prenatal to Pre-K, K-12 to post-secondary graduate, as well as wrap-around services and community engagement programs. At full capacity, the school will serve roughly 1,000 Detroit children and their families, primarily living in the surrounding Livernois-McNichols neighborhoods. The initiative represents a $50 million community investment on the campus of the former Marygrove College in northwest Detroit, which is the largest philanthropic investment into a Detroit neighborhood in the city’s history.

The three guiding principles for the design and operation of the P-20 educational campus are:
  1. A campus that provides access to opportunities for a diverse student population, with an emphasis on minimizing barriers to access, especially for students from the immediate vicinity.
  2. A campus that offers rigorous, research-based academic programs, so that students are equipped and empowered to define their own futures.
  3. A campus that is led by exceptional faculty and staff, who are accountable and receive ongoing development to equip them to become leaders in their field and thus, best serve students and families.

The future of Detroit depends on an investment in its youngest residents.


Seven partners are currently supporting the P-20 Campus initiative and share one primary goal: To educate children.  


Starfish Family Services

Operating the Early Childhood Education Center

Marygrove Conservancy

Managing campus operations and stewarding the campus as a resource for high-quality uses in the community

Detroit Public Schools Community District

Operating the School at Marygrove, a public school offering grades K-8 and high school

University of Michigan School of Education

Hosting a new Teaching Residency program



Supporting the development and programmatic design of the Early Childhood Education Center

The Kresge Foundation

Private, national foundation funding the P-20 project 

Detroit Collaborative Design Center

Facilitating community engagement for the partners 

Marygrove College

Marygrove College – prior to its Dec. 31, 2019 closure – was instrumental to the evolution of the Marygrove P-20 partnership.


Learn more about our program.

Detroit Creative Economy Census

Detroit has always been one of the most artistic and culturally significant cities, and both the Marygrove Conservancy and the Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE) aim to support and invest in the city’s creative industry, arts and culture organizations and artists.

The Marygrove Conservancy in partnership with Detroit ACE are conducting a comprehensive census to determine the breadth and depth of Detroit’s creative workforce, making it easier to improve arts and culture programming and secure funding. All members of Detroit’s artist community are invited to complete the online census. Take a few moments to claim your creativity! Take the Detroit Creative Economy Census.

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