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 AppelStewardship Coordinator

Carolyn BellinsonCo-Founder

Jim BellinsonCo-Founder

Bernita BradleyCommunity Engagement Manager

Zak BrattoDigital Coordinator

Cindy EggletonCo-Founder and CEO

Evelyn GarciaEngagement Specialist

Katherine HolmesNeighborhood Engagement Associate

Norma Huizardirector of operations

Crystal HumphriesNeighborhood Engagement Manager

Lulu MagdalenoChildcare Specialist

Migdalia PriceFacilities Manager and Engagement Coordinator

Ramana RobersonNeighborhood Engagement Manager

Esmeralda TorresNeighborhood Engagement Manager

Lynn WynnEngagement Associate


Roz Blanck

Nicole de Beaufort

Erika Bocknek

Evaluation Strategies

Lisa Johanes

Catherine Hilker

Allyson Jones

Elizabeth Price

Denise Smith

Carmen Thomas


Carolyn and Jim Bellinson

Addison, Need, Allen and Rentrop, PLLC

Amy Hunter

Ann L. Weisman

Ashmark Construction

Asphalt Specialists, Inc.

Black Family Development

Bluma Schecter


Cambridge Investors

Catherine and Nathan Forbes

Center for yoga

Clarkston Capital

Deborah and Steve Rosenthal

Dembs Development Inc.


Grand Valley State University



Impact Detroit

Jennifer and Brian Hermelin

Jewish Federation

Julie, Jackie and David Victor

Karen Sosnick Schoenberg

Katie and Jason Janosz

Lisa and Marc Weinbaum

Lisa and Gary Shiffman

Lisa and Scott Stern

Marlene and Jeff Cohn

Michelle and Scott Segal

Nadine and David Farbman - HealthRise

Office Furniture Solutions

Patricia Barnett Kelter Limited

Phil Fisher

Princeton Enterprises - Nicole and Matt Lester

Renee and Craig Erlich

Salus Group - The Brillati Family

Schechter Wealth

Susan and Bobby Gordon

Susie and Norm Pappas

Temple Israel

The Andrea and Lawrence Wolfe Foundation

The Barbat Organization

The Paul Foundation

Thomas Sebold and Associates

URG - Vianne and Vince Floyd

Utica Enterprises Inc - Stephan Wanczyk

Wallside Windows

Wendy and Jeff Eisenshtadt

Yoga Blue

Zak Sklar

Jan and Gary Dabkowski

Murray and Ina Pitt Charitable Trust

TSA Glen Kunnath

Marjorie and Maxwell Jospey Foundation

Jennifer and Dan Gilbert

Navot Shoresh and Betty Chu

Michele and Mitchell Bleznak Philanthropic Fund

Joel Brown

Amy and Eric Ersher

George P. Johnson

Stacy and Ron Klein

Raigan and David Leider

Molly and Steven McClelland

Richard Pagac, Jr.

Ryan Construction Inc.

David Rubin

Allen Berman

Molly and Aaron Chernow

Anita and David Dauch

Fran Gross

Terri and Albert Haddad

Paul Hodges

Klein/Goldman Family Foundation

Eric J. Krause

Levy, Rosen, Bocknek & Ray Wealth Consulting Group

Lisa and Brian Meer Foundation

Elizabeth Rose

Louise and Todd Sable

Elizabeth and Aaron Sherbin



Love, Connection and Hope – Brilliant Detroit in the Spring of 2018

Love, Connection and Hope Greetings, As our journey continues, we are reminded that the power of love, connection, and hope surrounding this work are that which build community and indeed movement toward Kid Success Neighborhoods for all. Together with many of you, we are in the process of digging deeper. Deeper into new neighborhoods, with […]

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Brilliant Detroit Live in the D

Brilliant Detroit is honored to have been featured on the Live in the D segment of the Heart of Detroit with Mitch Albom. They truly told the story of our work. It is particularly gratifying that we were able to shine the spotlight on Safiya Crowned-Phoenix Jackson, who started as a volunteer with Brilliant Detroit and is now a treasured part […]

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Join Brilliant Detroit for the Art Van Charity Challenge!

Dear Friends, We are grateful to be included in the Art Van Charity Challenge, which is taking place this year from Tuesday, May 1 at 12:00 pm through Tuesday, May 22 at 1:59 pm. With only 14% of Detroit students reading at grade level by 3rd grade and the fact that schools will start to […]

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Brilliant Detroit is dedicated to building kid success families and neighborhoods where families with children 0-8 have what they need to be school ready, healthy and stable.

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Contact Info

Headquarters Address:
5675 Larkins Street Detroit, MI 48210



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