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We believe every student in North Texas deserves the opportunity to succeed – so our programs help students flourish.

Education opens doors, broadens horizons and sets kids up for success. Along with health and income, it’s one of the primary building blocks of opportunity. That’s why we create, lead and invest in a wide range of programs that help students get ahead. Together, we give students the opportunity to realize their full potential.

Our Approach

When kids fall behind in school, they get frustrated and check out before they drop out. We seek to change this by giving kids a strong start, quality out-of-school time and strong pathways through high school to college and career.


Goal 60%

of students graduate prepared to succeed in college or a career by 2020


Progress 43%

of students measure as college or career ready based on latest data

Our Programs

We create and lead a range of programs that set students up to achieve now and in the future. By improving education today, our programs can also impact our community’s income and health for years to come.

Strong Start

The Strong Start Initiative provides families with children ages 0-8 access to free programs that promote safe and healthy environments, kindergarten readiness and early childhood literacy.


Challenge 44%

of kids are not ready for kindergarten


Progress 13,618

of students served passed kindergarten readiness

H.O.P.E.S. – Healthy Outcomes through Prevention & Early Support

Gives local parents the instruction, resources and skills to create home environments in which young children can thrive.

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Once Upon a Month™

Delivers age-appropriate children’s books to families each month to stimulate curiosity, language development and learning skills.

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TEA RECESS

Provides resources for childcare centers to increase the quality of preschool programming and ensure kids start kindergarten ready to thrive.

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Texas Home Visiting Program

Matches parents and soon-to-be-parents with trained home visitors that teach positive parenting strategies and how to prepare kids for kindergarten.

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Start Smart Texas

Supplies quality child development information via a free text service to help parents become confident first teachers for their child.

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Academic Success

We provide mentors in many afterschool and summer programs who read, tutor and inspire North Texas students of all ages.


Challenge 55%

of 3rd graders don’t read proficiently


Progress 1,377

of students served improved their reading level

Grow South | Grow Strong

Increases student success in the southern Dallas Roosevelt Feeder Pattern with programs, events and workshops that address challenges and opportunities.

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Character Playbook

Encourages middle school students to build values and character with the support and involvement of NFL players and representatives.

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Success After High School

We do many things to encourage and promote college and career readiness from tutoring and mentoring to improving school subject matter. We work to ensure that every high school student is prepared to succeed after graduation.


Challenge 57%

of high school graduates are not ready for college or career


Progress 22.2K+

students served were accepted in 2 or 4-year college

Future Focus Camp

Helps students understand their options after graduation by providing college and career exploration, skills building sessions, corporate visits and more.

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Our Advocacy Work

We advocate for state and federal policies and programs that complement and advance early development programs and community initiatives that support parents with young children. Learn more about our advocacy work and how you can get involved.

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Social Innovation Accelerator

Our Social Innovation Accelerator supports, develops and invests in bold new solutions in the areas of education, income and health. We’re working to fill the gaps in North Texas services to improve the building blocks of opportunity. Here are just a few of the participants that focus on education.

Dallas Teacher Residency

Brings a new approach to teacher training with a residency program that gives future teachers hands-on experience.

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ScholarShot

Provides academic managers that assist with degree plans, budgets, progress and address the 90% dropout rate of at-risk college students.

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Education Opens Doors

Cultivates a college-going culture in middle school students by supporting teachers who embed college and career curriculum inside the classroom.

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Readers 2 Leaders

Teaches after-school caregivers, coaches and scout leaders to incorporate essential literacy learning into everyday activities.

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Student Success Agency

Connects high school students with near-peer mentors via their mobile devices for on-demand access to mentoring, tutoring and college advising.

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