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…

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 in parent engagement strategies during children’s developmentally critical years from birth to age 5.

Each agency designed and implemented unique programs focusing on different parent populations. While each developed their own implementation strategies and program activities, they all shared the common goals of bolstering the quality of parenting skills and parent-child interactions, as well as promoting school readiness for those children in the programs.

In its second year, the PEC served 198 parents and over 350 children. During this year, PEC parents demonstrated higher attendance rates (67% regular attendance) than the prior year (57% regular attendance). Parents also reported increased levels of confidence in their parenting abilities and a greater connection to their community following participation in PEC programming.

In addition, the PEC conducted two mid-year parent focus groups (one in English and one in Spanish) designed to garner parent feedback about the implementation of the parenting programs. The parents’ candid feedback highlighted areas of success (e.g., parents enjoyed participating in learning activities together with their children), as well as ideas for enhancing programming and participation (e.g., attracting more parents by expanding PEC outreach to recreation centers, churches, and shopping centers).
Year-Two Partners and Programs
The specific year-two PEC partners and programs included the following:

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Our History: A Timeline

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