July was a BUSY month at Collaborative for Children! Here’s just a quick snapshot of what we’ve been up to.
We kicked off the month with this amazing news! Collaborative for Children was selected by Harris County as an Early Childhood Impact Fund grant recipient. $3.3 million in funding was awarded to strengthen child care centers in communities facing socio-economic disadvantages, ensuring access to quality early education.
Center of Excellence Spotlight: Houston Kidz Academy
The Center of Excellence model supports childcare providers by helping them nurture the skills in young children through age five that are essential to seize future opportunities. Our early childhood specialists equip child care programs and parents with the knowledge, skills, tools, and strategies necessary to continuously improve business operations, program quality, and child outcomes assessment and monitoring.
Meet Doris Menchaca from Houston Kidz Academy, one of our amazing Centers of Excellence.
Building Blocks Episode 9 is here! This video showcases how our Centers of Excellence program empowers teachers, parents, and child care business owners to provide top-notch early childhood education and school readiness.
Collaborative for Children CEO Dr. Melanie Johnson and JP Ramirez from PNC visit Blessing Academy
We want to express our deepest gratitude to PNC for their generous support in funding the curriculum for our Centers of Excellence. During CEO Dr. Melanie Johnson’s visit to Blessings Academy, accompanied by JP Ramirez from PNC, we witnessed the positive impact of their partnership on our little learners.
Dr. Melanie Johnson featured on Houston Public Media/NPR!
Dr. Johnson and host Craig Cohen discussed how Harris County collaborates with Collaborative for Children to support child care Centers of Excellence and signs parents should consider when selecting a child care center.
Parents as Teachers Group Connection at James Driver Park!
We offer a home visitation program supported by the national Parents as Teachers curriculum for families in Harris County. Our talented PAT groups are always putting on engaging community events like this one at James Driver Park. Want to find out about our group connections and where we will be next? Watch the video to learn more!
The Collab-Lab visited the Senior Health & Wellness Day at the Felix L. Baldree Community Center this month. Our Collab-Lab is a mobile classroom that brings critical, future-focused early childhood education to the community.