Our enrichment programs and community workshops offer great opportunities for parent-child interaction.

LEAP Programs

For over 100 years, “Community” has remained one of DIC’s core values and has served as a beacon toward fulfilling our mission of empowering children. The Learning, Enrichment, and Achievement Programs (LEAP) consist of three components mentioned below and are offered throughout the year for families and children with special needs, ranging from early childhood through 12th grade.

All LEAP programs are located at the Marygrove Conservancy (8425 W McNichols Road, Detroit 48221 -1st Floor of the Student Center building)

Early Childhood

(Ages 0-36 months)

Group Connections

Group Connections are a gathering of similarly aged children and their parents (caregivers). The playgroups are led by professionals, guiding children as they learn to interact with one another, increasing socialization and literacy skills.

Group Connections encourage the child’s social development, ease the transition to school, and improve overall health, while providing educational, social, and emotional health support to parents and caregivers.

Early Education Parent Support

The parent educator visits with families in their home to promote the optimal early development, learning and health of children by supporting and engaging their families and caregivers. Using the Parents As Teachers model, children will develop, learn and grow to realize their full potential.

If you are interested in participating in a Group Connection or early education parent support, please click here to fill out the registration form.  

For more information: Cydnie Randolph | cydnie.randolph@detroitchildren.org | 313.303.8216


Summer Camp

The summer component of LEAP consists of both in-person, teletherapy, and at-home enrichment activities. Summer days are packed with fun activities while addressing issues related to speech communication, motor skill development, and behavioral issues based on a child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) developed by their school. We offer this program at multiple locations.

Dates: July 8 – August 8th 2024

For more information on policies and procedures for summer camp, please click here

To register for summer camp, please click here.

Contact: Dawn Riley | dawnantoni.riley@detroitchildren.org | 313.401.0828

Afterschool Tutoring

(Kindergarten to 5th grade)

LEAP supports school-age children year-round. During the academic year, we will provide additional assistance in tutoring such as reading and math. We offer fun activities that work on teamwork, leadership, respect, and increase socialization with peers.

Contact: Dawn Riley | dawnantoni.riley@detroitchildren.org | 313.401.0828

Community Engagement

Family and community engagement offers families support to assist them in the process of championing their child’s needs. We offer educational workshops for parents, caregivers, professionals, and others involved in the care and support of children with special needs. Topics such as Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom, IEP 101, and How Sensory Processing Impacts Behavior and Learning. Special trainings are updated on the website on a regular basis.





2045 E. West Maple
Suite D-407
Commerce Township, MI 48390

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The Detroit Institute for Children currently serves more than 5,000 children with special needs in schools, Head Start, and Early Intervention programs throughout Detroit and Southeastern Michigan. The DIC provides speech language pathology, occupational therapies, social work, psychological services and special education consulting.

The Detroit Institute for Children is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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