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Adult Programs

Adult and Family Learning Programs

If you are interested in any of the Adult & Family Learning programming, please contact:

Heidi Mellanen-Swiecki
HMellanen-Swiecki@accesscommunity.org
Phone: (313) 203-3406

Early Learning Communities Provider Training

Through a United Way Early Learning Communities (ELC) grant, we are now offering free training, resources and support to childcare providers and anyone else who cares for young children (birth to eight years old) professionally. Through this program, we are able to share knowledge, practice new skills, and work collaboratively with childcare providers in our area to ensure children in Southeast Michigan thrive. Our new services for childcare providers include

  • training that is valid for Child Development Associate hours
  • Great Start to Quality help for childcare providers who want to improve their star rating or for parents interested in finding childcare
  • a toy and resource lending library housed at ACCESS Detroit Employment and Training

Additionally, we are offering a Great Start to Quality Orientation training which is a requirement for those interested in participating in the Michigan Department of Education – Office of Great Start's Child Development and Care (CDC) subsidy program. This training includes:

  • child development
  • setting up shared expectations for children in your care
  • health, safety, and nutrition
  • basic first aid and CPR certification

You must register for this class by going online and visit miregistry.org. There is a non-refundable $10 fee for the orientation.

Contact

Suerour Alabbasi

Email: salabbasi@accesscommunity.org

Phone: (313)203-3407 or (313) 570-3400.

ACCESS to School Readiness

ACCESS to School Readiness is a federal program funded by a United Way Social Innovation Fund grant, which aims to improve early education in metro Detroit. This program serves the at-risk, new immigrant, socially isolated, and culturally conservative community in southwest Detroit. Families with children up to 5 years old are identified by ACCESS and local schools to receive training in parenting, early childhood literacy and education, parent-child interactive literacy, and adult education. These services will enable parents to become their child’s primary teacher, and the services enable children to enter kindergarten with the cognitive, social, emotional, and language skills needed to succeed.

English as a Second Language Classes for Adults 

ACCESS offers intensive, semester-long English as a Second Language (ESL) classes from September through May for adults. Four levels of ESL are provided where learners focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Educational field trips and presentations are also provided to enhance the learners’ exposure to English and to take their newly acquired skills from the classroom to authentic, real-world situations where they can utilize these skills. The ESL classes aim to develop and improve the learners’ communication skills and empower them to be active members of the community. We hold an extensive waitlist, and students are called in order off the waitlist. Once registered, students will be placed in level-appropriate classes based on existing English language skill level.

Citizenship Classes

Citizenship classes are designed to prepare immigrants to take the written and oral portions of the USCIS Citizenship Test. Topics include U.S. government and history, English as a Second Language, and test-taking skills. We hold a waitlist for citizenship classes.

English as a Second Language class - ACCESS Main

ACCESS offers intensive, semester-long English as a Second Language (ESL) classes from September – May for adult women. Four levels of ESL are provided where learners focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Educational field trips and presentations are also provided to enhance learners’ exposure to English and as a way to take their newly acquired skills from the classroom, to real world, authentic, English speaking situations. ESL classes aim to develop and improve learners’ communication skills and empower them to be active members of the community.

If you are interested, please contact the Youth & Education Department at 313-842-6762

FEAST

The Feeding, Eating, and Succeeding Together (FEAST) class guides parents of children aged 2-6 through mealtime routines, picky eating, and other healthy food behaviors.

Reading Works

ACCESS is proud to be an impact partner of Reading Works. The organization is dedicated to raising the level of adult literacy in metro Detroit and promoting the idea that Reading Works - in the family and in the workplace. As an Impact Partner of Reading works, ACCESS provides quality adult literacy programs, services and measures their impact on their learners. ACCESS is committed to working with Reading Works to scale and accelerate their good work to have greater impact on adult literacy in our region. Reading Works endorses ACCESS to both learners and volunteers.