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Why Early Childhood Education

Children who experience a high-quality early learning experience are ready to face the future with confidence, and prepared to seize all of its opportunities.

Early childhood education is critical to a child’s development. It provides the cornerstone of their growth and development, and is a driving factor in their ability to succeed in the workplace of the 21st century. A positive early learning experience in the first five years of life is their key to better jobs, better incomes, better education, better socialization skills, and a better, brighter future.

“As the mother of two sons, both grown young men now, I could not be prouder of them. But it was not always easy. I know that it takes a village, especially in this ever-evolving digital world. Collaborative for Children is laser-focused on providing relevant early educational opportunity for all Houston children.”

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Transforming the child care system with a bold, more innovative approach

Through our Centers of Excellence, we are creating a new model for exceptional early childhood education that gives providers the resources they need to help children grow and flourish in the 21st century.

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Building a foundation for future learning

Recognizing that 90 percent of a child’s brain architecture develops in the first five years of life, we have developed resources that are the building blocks for lifelong learning, better jobs and wages, and improved educational outcomes at every level.

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Engaging families and strengthening the parent-child relationship

Between 60 and 80 percent of children under age 5 are cared for by parents, caregivers, or other family members with no formal training in early childhood education. So our specialists provide the tools to ensure that 90 percent of parents and caregivers can apply our skills to assure their kids are ready to learn.

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Preparing kids for the workforce of tomorrow – today

By nurturing curiosity, critical thinking, collaboration, and eagerness to achieve, we create opportunities that foster skills the 21st century workforce demands. Our focus is making certain children are prepared not only to learn from the moment they start school, but also to thrive in the world that awaits them.

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Why is early learning important for my child?

There is little doubt that early childhood education is vital. Studies have shown that 90 percent of a child’s brain architecture develops during the first five years of life. Beyond that, children who enjoyed a high-quality early learning experience are more likely to graduate from high school, to be continuously employed, and to be higher earners in the workplace.

What does Collaborative for Children do?

Collaborative for Children is a nonprofit organization that for over 30 years has been at the forefront of early childhood education. We are the go-to resource for innovative early learning opportunities that deliver children the 21st century skills they need to grow, thrive, and succeed in the workplace of tomorrow. We nurture curiosity, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity in children through age 5 to ensure they are prepared to seize all the opportunities the future may hold

Preparing children for the workforce of tomorrow

Collaborative for Children is preparing kids for the workforce of tomorrow – a workforce that does not yet exist. We are dedicated to ensuring that when the opportunities of the future emerge – in work and in life – they will have the skills necessary to seize them all. In addition to providing school readiness skills, we also offer resources and support to child care facilities to help them deliver an exceptional early learning experience that fosters 21st century success.

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Ready for the future, and all its possibilities

Collab Kids are the leaders of tomorrow. They are problem solvers, innovators, achievers, global citizens, creators, critical thinkers, and eager learners. They possess the 21st century skills required by the 21st century workplace, and are ready to face the future with confidence. We also empower families and teachers by making sure they have tools to support a learning environment that lets Collab Kids take full advantage of the possibilities of the future.

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