In 2015 Brilliant Detroit was created to provide a radically new approach to kindergarten readiness in neighborhoods. The idea was to create a unique delivery model in our approach to early childhood development by using underutilized housing stock to create early child and family centers in neighborhoods. Input was gathered and a model that is designed with, for, and by neighbors was built. Brilliant Detroit homes provide holistic services for kids 0-8 predicated on evidence-based programs around health, family support, and education. Brilliant Detroit was born to create kid success neighborhoods. Today, in each location, neighbors come together for fellowship, activities and learning to assure school readiness, and provide needed support for families.


Our role is to fundamentally change lives and assure all kids in each neighborhood have access to the tools to succeed.

What if?

  • Kids read at grade level by third grade.
  • Education, Health and Family Supports were aligned and working in concert for the benefit of our kids and families.
  • Communities led by neighbors had all they needed for kids to be educated, healthy and stable.
  • A central source had contact information for all kids less than eight years of age.

We are:

  • Designed with, for and by neighbors.
  • Centered around families and kids
    In 20 minute walkable areas in a centrally located home.
  • Using existing evidence - based partners to provide supports and assets.
  • Coordinating programs during the critical years of development.

We Will:

  • Increase Kindergarten Readiness.
  • Assure grade level reading by
    third grade.
  • Increase social connectedness.
  • Mobilize neighbors.
  • Stabilize neighborhoods.


  • Dana Thomas

    Zumba changed my life. I heard about a Zumba class from a flyer distributed in my community by Brilliant Detroit. I went there to just exercise. When I got there the doors were open to so much more; parenting workshops, financial , couponing, anger management, cooking classes and the list goes on. I am learning skills and habits that will last me a lifetime. The best part is meeting people who have inspired me to reach for my dreams. They are life changing! Thank you Brilliant Detroit!

  • Leslie Foster

    I like parenting class so I can learn about being a better mother.

  • Ella Moton-Ivy

    We have attended classes here at Brilliant Detroit and we enjoyed it. We appreciate that food is served and that there is a place for the children to play while the adults are attending something of interest. There are quite a few programs and classes that are very informative and useful for the people that live in the community. Brilliant Detroit is amazing and a tremendous help to rebuilding our neighborhood.

  • Esmeralda Torres

    Brilliant Detroit is my home away from home. From being a participant to a staff member, I have been truly blessed to be part of such a force of nature. Brilliant Detroit came to my neighborhood and has left such a beautiful impression on my life and others who live here. It is that wonderful rainbow at the end of a storm. I have been impacted and am so happy to be able to continue to spread the wonders and amazement that will make us happier and healthier adults, children and communities. The enthusiasm Brilliant Detroit has put forth is contagious... Let's keep spreading this.

  • Guillermina García

    I am very grateful and happy for Brilliant Detroit. Their programs help me with my daily life and I learn new skills every time we have class. Thank you for all you do.

  • Martha Jiménez

    I like Brilliant Detroit because it offers us diverse workshops and activities that have helped strengthen me as a mother.

  • Evelyn Alvizar

    For me Brilliant Detroit is a great support and help in the education and care of my twins. It helps me to be a better mother, teaching me with new classes and learning from the experience of other mothers. Also because they offer childcare it gives me time for myself as a person. I learn, I get entertained and get to know great people. The Caregivers are excellent people whom I value so much, I appreciate how well they do their job and I realize this because my twins love to come and share with them. Thank you.

  • Claudia Ramos

    I feel very grateful for Brilliant Detroit and for all the programs offered at this site. I feel comfortable and happy with my teachers, classmates & the staff involved. Thank you!

  • Pateres Rushin

    I truly enjoy Brilliant Detroit. In the beginning I came for the certificate but in the end I have made many friends and gained a support team. I fell in love with the heart of the program because they have showed me not only how to parent but how to be a family. Brilliant Detroit is a program, a friend, a parent support partner.

  • Kenyetta M. Campbell

    Brilliant Detroit is helping our neighbors become connected with each other, and helping them to get what they need for our kids success.


Aaron AppelGrowth and Development Manager

Coral ArruaIntake and Evaluation Coordinator

Darnetta BanksNeighborhood Engagement Manager

Zak BrattoDigital Coordinator

Hailey BriscoeHealthy Communities Health Educator

Larry CharlestonCommunity Engagement Manager

Cindy EggletonCo-Founder and CEO

Ebonie GuytonDirector of Programming and Evaluation

Crystal HumphriesNeighborhood Engagement Manager

Sharon KilgoreNeighborhood Engagement Manager

Emma LautSpecial Projects Coordinator

Lulu MagdalenoChildcare Specialist

Tiana McClellanDirector Of Finance

Rakisha OdomCommunity Engagement Coordinator

Chelsea OwensStewardship Manager

Tina PerkinsCommunity Engagement Coordinator

Aryeh PerlmanVolunteer Coordinator

Migdalia PriceFacilities Manager and Engagement Coordinator

Megan ReevesHCHS program Coordinator

Esmeralda TorresNeighborhood Engagement Manager

Eva TorresCommunity Engagement Manager

Vanessa VelaCommunity Engagement Coordinator

Nakia WallaceCommunity Engagement Coordinator

Barbara ZaltzDevelopment Director


Carolyn BellinsonTreasurer and Co-Founder

Jim BellinsonChair and Co-Founder

Cindy Eggleton

Roz Blanck

Erika Bocknek

Michael Brillati

Monica Duncan

Bali Kumar

Maria Montoya

Joyce Suber

Michael Tyson

Jason Velez


Friends at 482Forward

Mary Aaron

Adkison, Need, Allen, and Rentrop, PLLC – Kelly Allen

Barbra and Peter Alter

Carol and Joel Appel

Friends at Art Van Furniture

Friends at The Barbat Organization

Christine Bell

Carolyn and Jim Bellinson

Dara Bellinson

Susan Bellinson

Benzinga – Jason Raznick

Julie and Allen Berman

Dennis Bernard

Friends at Black Family Development

Roz and Stanford Blanck

Amy and Paul Blavin

Mitchell and Michel Bleznak

Blumenstein Family Foundation

Bocknek Family Community Action Foundation

Erika and Andy Bocknek

Friends at Bookstock

Christina and Stephan Brillati

Michael Brillati

Andrea and Joel Brown

Butzel Long Charitable Trust

Chase Bank

Friends at Cambridge Financial

Joanne and John Carter

Friends at Caudill Thornquist Group

Friends at Center for Yoga

Chase Bank – Rick Ellis

Molly and Aaron Chernow

Friends at Clarkston Capital Partners, LLC

The Clinton Foundation

Mark Coden

Marlene and Jeff Cohen

Michael Collins

The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan

Friends at Cranbrook Schools

Cutting Edge Cuisine – Zack Sklar

Jan and Gary Dabkowski

Anita and David Dauch

Margaret and Kirk Davenport

Gretchen and Ethan Davidson

Kristin Dcziek and Friends

Frances Gross

Ja’net De-Fell and Monica Duncan

Friends at Deloitte

Dembs Development INC – Ryan Dembs

Jacob DeGolish and Kyle Barcy

Friends at Dominion Realty Services, LLC

Friends at DTE Energy

Scott Eisenberg

Wendy and Jeff Eisenshtadt

Renee and Craig Erlich

Terri Farber and Yossie Fleischman

The Farbman Group – Andrew Gutman

Nicki and Todd Fink

Phillip Fisher

Catherine and Nathan Forbes

Emily Ford

Jennifer and Dan Gilbert

Girlfriends' Glasshouse Empowerment

Susan and Robert Gordon

Friends at Grand Valley State University

Lori and Dr. Samuel Gray

Kristen and Carl Gross

HealthRise – Nadine and David Farbman

Terri and Albert Haddad

James Hampton

Jennifer and Brian Hermelin

Hillel Day School

Leah and Paul Hodges

Friends at Honigman Business Law Firm

Hope Starts Here

Amy Hunter

Friends at Hunter Pasteur Homes Brush Park

Friends at IFF

Ina and Murray Pitt Charitable Trust

Friends at InFaith Community Foundation

The Jamie and Denise Jacob Family Foundation

Friends at Jaffee, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss

Jane James

Katie and Jason Janosz

Friends at Jessica’s Natural Foods

The Jewish Community Foundation

The Jewish Fund Teen Board

The Jewish Fund

Friends at Jewish Federation

Marjorie and Maxwell Jospey Foundation

Patti Kelter and Marc Cohen

Carolyn Kest

Sherri and Jimmy Ketai

Carol Klein

Stacy and Ron Klein

Friends at KPMG

Eric Krause

Erica Lawson

David Leider

Rachel and Jeff Levine

Patricia Lewis

Lisa and Hannan Lis

Martin Manna

Donna and Michael Maddin

Michigan Health Endowment

Maria Montoya

Molly and Steven McClelland

Lisa and Brian Meer Foundation

Friends at Metropolitan Children and Youth INC

Friends at Michigan Children’s Hospital Foundation

Mothers’ Center of Birmingham and Bloomfield

Friends at New Order Coffee Roasters

Pam and Richard Nodel

Beatrice and Reymont Paul Foundation

Friends at Office Furniture Solutions

Rachel and Joshua Opperer

Marci and Rob Orley

Friends at Pathways Foundation

Friends at Pappas Financial

Ricard Pagac

Lisa Pernick and Bruce Israel

Princeton Enterprises – Nicole and Matt Lester

Friends at Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund

Friends at Riverstone

Elizabeth Rose

Deborah and Steven Rosenthal

Julie and Adam Rothstein

Friends at RTS Franklin

Nicole and Time Ryan

Louise and Todd Sable

Friends at Sachse Construction

Lowell Salesin

The Salus Group – The Brillati Family

Bluma Schechter

Schechter Wealth - Susie and Marc Schecter, and Nina and Bernie Kent

Thomas Sebold

Michelle and Scott Segal

Susan and Luke Shaefer

Elizabeth and Josh Sherbin

Lisa and Josh Sherbin

Lisa and Gary Shiffman

Sucheta Shoha

Karen Sosnick Schoenberg

Spire integrated Systems INC – Navot Shoresh and Dr. Betty Chu

Lisa and Scott Stern

Treger and Rob Strasberg

Friends at Temple Israel

Thomas Sebold and Associates (TSA) – Dana and Glenn Kunnath

Susan Thomas

Josh Tauber

Elie Torgow

Yoni and Ruchi Torgow

The Sherman Family Foundation - Jane and Larry Sherman

The United Way of Southeastern Michigan

Utica Enterprises – Stefan Wanczyk

Utility Resource Group, LLC – Vianne and Vincent Floyd

Kim Vedder

Arlene and Stephen Victor

Kelly and David Victor

Friends at VTC Insurance Group

Wallside Windows

Lisa and Marc Weinbaum

Ann L. Weisman

Winston and Strawn LLP

Wireless Vision – Mark Denha

The Andrea and Lawrence Wolfe Foundation

WW Realty – David Rubin

Jason Zimmerman

Zoup! - Amy and Eric Ersher

Friends at Amherst Capital Partners, LLC

M.L. & J.H. Aronovitz

Friends at Capacity Solutions, LLC

Alicia and Jeffrey Chandler

William Compton

Friends at Max and Marjorie Fisher Foundation

Friends at Globe Midwest / Adjusters International

Pamela Haron

Friends at Interstate Restoration, LLC

Friends at Jewish Community Relations Council

Betsy and Richard Keidan

Friends at The Kresge Foundation

Robert Levy

Friends at The Madison Group

Zieben Mare

Friends at Marli Equities, LLC

Friends at Michigan Fitness Foundation

Scott Miedema

James Rosenthal

Friends at Schechter Investment Advisors

Rabbi Daniel A. Schwartz

Friends at Seid Enterprises, LLC

Rex Sessions

Friends at Skillman Foundation

Julio Sosa, M.D., P.C.

Iliana and Noah Stern

Friends at Stern Family FOundation

J. Scott Taylor

Rachel and Yonah Torgow

Friends at United Jewish Foundation

Friends at Wayne Metro


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