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3 Highlights from Philanthropy Roundtable’s 2017 Annual Conference

This year’s Philanthropy Roundtable Annual Conference held in Scottsdale, Arizona, was attended by hundreds of foundation representatives from across the country. The conference featured insightful speakers across a variety of disciplines who brought unique perspectives to the themes, challenges, and opportunities of today’s philanthropic sector.

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5 Key Takeaways from New York’s RECAP Early Education Team

For decades, Rochester has consistently ranked among the highest performing pre-K systems in the nation. What is the city’s secret? The Rochester Early Childhood Assessment Partnership (RECAP) has been successfully measuring community outcomes for children from 3 to age 5 for the last 20 years. Translating data real-time into usable information for parents, providers, and policymakers has enabled RECAP to drive a continuous improvement process in education that has enhanced the performance of Rochester’s youngest students, teachers, and systems.

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The Miles Foundation Welcomes Kate Wisniewski as Director of Programs

Prior Director Jay McCall joins The Rainwater Charitable Foundation to continue local education work

FORT WORTH – October 2, 2017 – The Miles Foundation proudly announces Kate Wisniewski as its new Director of Programs. The Foundation’s prior Director of Programs, Jay McCall, will join The Rainwater Charitable Foundation in Fort Worth, serving as Program Manager of Education.

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

Nationally, 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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Highlights from the 2017 Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Conference

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

On 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…

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

Nobel 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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Raising of Fort Worth Highlights Tulsa, Oklahoma

The 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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Promise Neighborhoods: A Model for Collective Impact

At 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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5 Factors Impacting 3rd Grade Reading

Children 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…