Our 1st 6 Years

$8,000,000 invested
5,500 children served
5,400 parents served

Improved School Readiness

Research by the Southern Methodist University Center on Research and Evaluation shows that children of parents in our partner programs are better prepared for school than their peers. These include stronger results in:

Language development and reading

  • Vocabulary, a key predictor of school readiness and future success
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Listening comprehension
  • Reading comprehension
  • Overall reading

Social-emotional development

  • Self-management
  • Personal responsibility
  • Relationship skills
  • Optimistic thinking
  • Goal-directed behavior
  • Social-awareness
  • Decision-making
  • Self-awareness

Stronger Families

  • New supports and resources for low-income families in the underserved Bachman Lake neighborhood
  • Adults empowered to advocate for their children and support learning
  • Positive relationships fostered between parents and their children

Stronger Community

  • Engaged and trained parents to be community leaders who can positively influence their neighborhood
  • Attracted attention and resources to an underserved community, including a new library, DART line, MyChildren’s Pediatric Primary Care Practice and several national retailers

impact“I can tell which children have been touched by one of the Collaborative programs because they are ready for school. They know their letters, how to write their names, and generally have the social skills to make the best of a classroom setting. The Collaborative parents are, by far, our most engaged. Clearly, the Collaborative has made the difference in our neighborhood.”
– Bachman Lake elementary school principal