A letter from Starfish CEO Ann Kalass
- March 17, 2020: Click to read
- April 22, 2020: Click to read
- June 3, 2020: Click to read
- July 31, 2020: Click to read
Essential Coronavirus Updates from Starfish
As our region continues to battle through the Coronavirus pandemic, please visit this page for updated information about services at Starfish, resources for support, and ways to help. Starfish diligently reviews health data multiple times per day and quickly, but mindfully, adjusts our programming with a focus on safety for families, our employees, and the community. We know that critical supplies and access to health supports are key to reducing isolation and stress, as families also work hard to keep young children engaged with education and learning.
With recent surges in Covid-19 positivity rates in Michigan, Starfish is modifying our operations temporarily to help keep everyone safe and well.
- Early Childhood Education
- All early childhood education centers will offer virtual learning opportunities exclusively through April 30. A partial reopening for in-person services is planned for the week of May 3, but decisions will be driven by real-time health data.
- Behavioral Health Clinics
- Behavioral health services are available through telehealth and clinics are open partial hours to support families who request in-person services.
Please reach out if you have a specific need or questions:
- Call us: 734. 728. 3400 (for general information + COVID-specific updates)
- Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check back: here for updates (we suggest bookmarking us)
- Follow us on social media: Click to follow our Facebook page
Accessing COVID-19 vaccines
Visit Michigan.gov/covidvaccine for resources, FAQ, testimonials, links to your local health department, and other up-to-date information about vaccine availability in Michigan. Click here to access resources in 12 languages. Starting March 22, anyone 50 or older, and people 16-49 with certain medical conditions will become eligible for a vaccine. Starting April 5, all areas of the state will be allowed to vaccinate all adults over the age of 16. Unless noted otherwise, vaccinations are free.
Ford Field Vaccination Clinic (Detroit):
- Supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Partnering with Meijer pharmacies (click for Meijer location-based vaccination information)
- To register:
- Online https://clinic.meijer.com/register/CL2021
- Text = “EndCOVID” to 75049
- Call = 888-535-6136 and press 1
- Clinic hours of operation: 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Detroit Health Department: Click to visit the DHD site for up-to-date information
- To register: Call 313.230.0505 Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Open to: Those who live or work in the city of Detroit
- Multiple locations:
- TCF Center at 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
- Northwest Activities Center at 18100 Meyers Rd., Detroit, MI 48235
- Community Saturday venues throughout the city
Beaumont Health: Patients with an active myBeaumontChart account are invited to save their spot for a COVID-19 vaccine through Beaumont’s Save My Shot program.
Detroit Medical Center: Click to begin the process for scheduling an appointment.
Henry Ford Health System: Patients with an active Henry Ford MyChart account are invited to save their spot for a COVID-19 vaccine.
ACCESS: Scheduled weekday dates (some by appointment & others on walk-in basis)
- Partnering with Henry Ford Health System and Molina Healthcare
- For upcoming clinic dates or to register:
- Call 313.216.2230
- Location: 6450 Maple St., Dearborn, MI 48126
National pharmacies (select Michigan locations):
- CVS: Click to schedule an appointment
- Rite-Aid: Click to qualify and register
- Kroger: Click to check eligibility and register
- Walmart: Click to check eligibility and register
Beaumont Hospital Hotline: 800.592.4784
- The hotline is a community resource for timely, accurate information about COVID-19 symptoms and virtual screening for people who are experiencing symptoms.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Hotline: 888.535.6136
- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Includes links to resources in 12 languages.
- Michigan Stay Well Helpline: 888.535.6136 Confidential emotional support counseling is now available 24/7 at no cost to Michiganders. Michigan Stay Well counselors are available any time, day or night, and language translation is available for non-English speakers. Press 8 when prompted to speak to a Michigan Stay Well counselor.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Includes latest health updates and links to fact sheets, including avoiding racism/stigma surrounding Coronavirus.
Disaster Distress Helpline: 800.985.5990 This 24/7/365 service from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides crisis counseling for people going through both natural and human-caused disasters. It’s free, multilingual and confidential. You can also text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Detroit city resources for meals, water, housing, navigating unemployment benefits, and more.
United Way 2-1-1 service provides referrals to programs in Southeast Michigan ranging from food vouchers to rental assistance. Dial 2-1-1 OR 1-800-552-1183.
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency offers rent and utility assistance through their COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program. For offline assistance call 866-313-2520 (Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park) or 734-284-6999 (other areas of Wayne County).
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Find Shelter tool provides information about housing, shelter, health care, and clothing resources in communities across the country.
DTE Energy is here to help manage your energy bills and preserve utility services. Visit DTE COVID online or call 1-800-477-4747 for more details or to check your eligibility.
Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank offers diaper assistance for children and adults. For children’s diapers, visit https://www.detroitdiaperbank.com/diapers/ To inquire about diapers for adults, call 313-356-6470.
Starfish Meal Distributions: Each Friday Starfish distributes weekly meal kits to enrolled families at each of our 11 Early Childhood Education Centers. Time of pick-up varies by center. Starfish Community Food Distribution Dates: in association with Gleaner’s Community Food Bank are listed below.
- Biweekly Fridays: Starfish Cecil Center
- Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- Location: 5690 Cecil Ave., Detroit
- Upcoming: April 2, April 16, April 20
- Biweekly Fridays: Starfish Hiveley Center
- Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Location: 30000 Hiveley St., Inkster
- Upcoming: April 9, April 23
- Third Thursday: Starfish Covenant House Center
- Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Location: 1450 25th St., Detroit
- Upcoming: April 22
Starfish Safe Start Plan
The Starfish Safe Start Team has crafted a comprehensive and nimble Safe Start Plan designed to support the health and well-being of employees and the families we serve.
- The plan was informed by parents and staff, who were surveyed to establish a comfort-level baseline.
- The Safe Start Team comprises 50 members, representing a 10% cross-section of voices and diversity.
- The protocols constitute recommendations based on guidance provided by federal, state, and local authorities.
- The return to in-person work and service delivery will follow Michigan Safe Start phased guidelines, and each time an executive order is issued we will review for alignment.
Starfish Safe Start: Family Handbook
Transparent and frequent communication with our families surrounding safe-start protocols is critical. As such, we have created a Starfish Safe Start Family Handbook, which includes detailed family health and safety steps. See also: Manual de Reinicio Seguro para las Familias de Starfish. Note: This handbook and the method of family service delivery (e.g., in-person versus virtual education or therapy) may change as new guidelines or directives become available from COVID authorities.
- Check-in health screening, including temperature check
- Face coverings
- Student drop-off and pick-up
- Social distancing steps
- Facility safety, cleaning, disinfecting
- Emergency response steps
For Behavioral Health Families
Our caring clinicians are successfully maintaining nurturing relationships with our current family of clients at our centers and through telehealth options.
We are also accepting new clients. Even though we’re all focused on staying safe physically, the toll this crisis is taking on our mental health is mounting. A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) revealed that 45 percent of adults say that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their mental health, and 19 percent say it has had a “major impact.”
- Call us: 888.355.5433 (current and new clients—taking new clients)
- Visit us on YouTube to see all #StarfishStaysConnected videos
- What is “Telehealth” or “Telecounseling”? Telecounseling is a way for you to have sessions with your therapist without having to come into a clinic or office. You can see your therapist face-to-face through live video conferencing.
- Why try Telecounseling? What are the benefits?
- Telecounseling allows you to receive counseling services while following any social distancing guidelines or quarantine restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
- You can virtually meet with your therapist or begin therapy services from the privacy of your home and with the same level of confidentiality as meeting in person.
- All Starfish therapists are trained in telecounseling and want to make the experience as easy as possible.
For Preschool Families
Our talented teachers and innovative educators are connecting with our children’s families via multiple creative avenues.
- Call us: 844.849.5437 (current and new families)
- Now enrolling for spring 2021: Click to pre-enroll
- Dedicated parent portal: Click to visit
- For latest Starfish parent information
- For online educational activities
- Explore, discover, and grow at home with Starfish!
- Day-by-day calendar of interactions for infants, toddlers, preschoolers
- A bounty of Starfish teacher-produced Story Time and Activity Time videos—so important for our little ones to see the smiling faces of their teachers!
- COVID information for parents (also in Spanish)
- Visit us on YouTube to see all #StarfishStaysConnected videos
- For Story Time anytime, see below for rotating Starfish teachers reading to their students . . . and socially connecting!
Ways to help
Over the last year, we have been inspired by the resilience and hope of our families, and by the care and generosity that has come from across the community to support our mission. Your gifts have helped Starfish pivot to meet ever-changing needs and—when needed most—remain an unwavering partner and ally for families and children.
The pandemic has pushed us to focus on the crisis at hand and keeping everyone safe. Yet, we know that every family and every child deserves more than the promise of merely surviving another day. Please make a financial gift today so that we can continue to meet immediate needs and strengthen families to create brighter futures for children. We also know that humankind is resilient. And that we are here to offer hope, help people cope, and make the world better. Let’s use this challenging time to commit to caring for our community.