Collaborative for Children is a participating organization in the Early Matters Coalition on Early Education. We were instrumental in developing an action plan to address early education issues in Houston.
The scientific evidence is abundantly clear – an investment in our young children through engaged parenting and high quality early education programs makes a lifelong difference in school outcomes and workforce readiness.
We need to put this knowledge to work, as we are at a critical time in our community's evolution with many more jobs requiring post high school education. Only 1 of 5 children in our region are graduating from high school and completing some form of post high school credential. However, Houston's rapidly growing employers in the petrochemical, medical and manufacturing fields desperately need employees with the post high school education.
Early education receives limited public funding, and the state standards for quality early education programs are far too low. As a result, few families are able to access high quality early education.
We must invest more heavily in the early stages of our children's learning and development, a time in which we see the highest financial return on investment and the greatest impact on preparing children for a bright and successful future.
Steps to Achieve the Vision
- Parents should have access to a range of resources to become the best parents they can be for their growing child.
- Child care programs should maintain high quality standards and be accessible to working families.
- Pre-K Programs must be of high quality and accessible.