The Early Learning Alliance: Working to Ensure All Tarrant County Children Are Ready for Kindergarten

ELA_WallPainting_42717Nationally, only 1 in 4 kids are ready for kindergarten. In Fort Worth, just over half of our kindergarteners enter school ready to learn.[1]

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August 25th, 2017|

Highlights from the 2017 Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Conference

GLR Photo June 2017This year’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading conference in Denver, Colorado brought together over 400 funders, nonprofit leaders, and public officials from across 45 states who are working to change the outcome for at-risk children and their families.

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July 28th, 2017|

Denver ‘Raising of Fort Worth’ Panel Shares Early Ed Insights & Best Practices

ROFW_DenverOn Tuesday, June 20th, the Raising of Fort Worth hosted the second city in its national tour of early education best practices: Denver, Colorado. Read More…

June 24th, 2017|

Positive Effects of High-Quality Pre-K: Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Study

BlocksNobel laureate economist James Heckman consistently touts the persistent positive effects of high-quality birth-to-five early childhood education, but the long-term benefits of pre-kindergarten are often contested.

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May 31st, 2017|

Raising of Fort Worth Highlights Tulsa, Oklahoma

ROFW_Tulsa_Panel_Pic_April_2017The first stop on Raising of Fort Worth’s national best practices tour was Tulsa, Oklahoma. On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Raising of Fort Worth community welcomed panelists from the Educare Family Health Project and Smart Start Oklahoma who shared insights on how Tulsa has prioritized health in its work with young children and families.



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April 26th, 2017|

Promise Neighborhoods: A Model for Collective Impact

Promise_Neighborhood copyAt this year’s SXSWEdu Conference, one of the most insightful sessions revealed a best-practice model for cradle-to-career collective impact, presented by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink.

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March 30th, 2017|

5 Factors Impacting 3rd Grade Reading

Annie_E_Casey_Photo_Feb_2017Children who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are four (4) times as likely to drop out of high school, significantly reducing their chances to succeed in work and in life. [1]

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has published two recent reports underscoring the importance of focusing on 3rd grade literacy as a pathway to learning and life success – and as an essential step toward breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Read More…

February 28th, 2017|

Year Two Results: Morningside Parent Engagement Collaborative


In its second year (2015-16), the Morningside Parent Engagement Collaborative (PEC) continued its partnership with four agencies (United Community Centers in partnership with AVANCE, the Parenting Center, Concilio, and Camp Fire First Texas) to provide parent engagement services to families and their children age 0-5 in the Morningside neighborhood of Fort Worth.

The PEC was started in 2014 by The Morris Foundation, The Rainwater Charitable Foundation, and The Miles Foundation to help low-income families develop critical skills, enhance their knowledge, and build confidence Read More…

January 31st, 2017|

Our History: A Timeline

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December 15th, 2016|

“Data Driving Change” Showcases Local Innovation in Early Childhood

rofw_nov_2016The Fort Worth early learning community recently has been abuzz about data – and rightfully so. The recent launch of the Fort Worth literacy partnership (led by Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner, and BNSF Chairman Matt Rose) has coincided with a number of other exciting community initiatives utilizing data to inform early childhood strategies. Given these developments, “Data Driving Change” emerged as a timely theme for the latest Raising of Fort Worth (ROFW) breakfast at Lena Pope on November 1, 2016.

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November 28th, 2016|