Our Mission

CHILDREN AT RISK serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration, and advocacy.

What We Do

Data & Research

We use research and data to understand the needs of Texas children and their families. This research drives our advocacy agenda and helps us develop evidence-based policy recommendations.

Policy Advocacy

Research and data alone are not enough to drive change for children. We use our research to develop policy recommendations that have the most impact and speak up to inform policymakers.


We work better together. We rely on partners across the state to support our research and data collection, provide regional insights, and amplify our advocacy efforts through collective action.

Our Areas of Expertise

CHILDREN AT RISK focuses on 3 key areas that can help break the cycle of poverty and enable children to learn, thrive, and meet their full potential.



Safety & Opportunity

We are committed to viewing all the work we do with an Equity & Justice lens and an Immigrant Children lens.

Equity & Justice

Immigrant Children

Upcoming Events & Activities


Education Summit

Dive into the latest on best practices and effective public policies that help students and teachers thrive, and gain knowledge to make a real impact for your community. Join us as we explore solutions to challenges in education, both in Texas and nation-wide.

AUG 21


 Join us for updates from the Early Childhood Sector (ECI, PEI, TWC) and a lively discussion on child and maternal health, early childhood education and family supports.

OCT 16

The State of El Paso Children: Surviving to Thriving

Join us for a community-hosted event, right in El Paso! The State of El Paso Children is more than just a gathering—it’s a call to action for all stakeholders committed to the well-being of children.

OCT 17

2024 STEM Summit

Join us to hear directly from STEM and STEAM industry leaders, rockstar educators and nonprofit innovators working to improve equity by removing barriers to access and equip the next generation of the national workforce.

Don’t miss this annual event!

The Latest from C@R

2024 Texas Tour | Child Care & Early Childhood

2024 Texas Tour | Child Care & Early Childhood

Written by Jacob Westjohn, Program Coordinator, C@R The Children At Risk team is incredibly grateful to all of the community members who shared their perspectives and expertise with us during the Texas Tour. These events are a valuable opportunity to discuss the needs...

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Recap | 2024 Texas Equity Tour

Recap | 2024 Texas Equity Tour

Written by Ashley Watts, Texas Racial Equity Collaborative (TREC) Doctoral Fellow and Briauna Derry, Associate Director of Media Activism. In 2021, the Texas Racial Equity Collaborative (TREC) first gathered, united in their belief that working together could bring...

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