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 a Immigrant Children Lens.

Equity & Justice

Immigrant Children

Upcoming Events & Activities

February 11

Request for Proposals

Children at Risk is seeking early career scholars in Texas, including graduate students and those within five years of post-doc, to present their ongoing research projects related to equity at the upcoming summit with the theme “Cultivating Tomorrow’s Equity Leaders: A Path to Inclusivity.”

February 22

2024 Equity Summit

This year‘s Equity Summit will bring together statewide experts as we explore equity issues that impact Texas Children.

Held via Zoom 10 AM – 12 PM CST.

February 23

The Future of San Antonio

Cohosted by Family Service, this forum will create an opportunity for the San Antonio community to explore what a future looks like in which children thrive. Join us on the campus of University of Texas San Antonio, UTSA, from 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST.

Sign Up for All 2024 Learning Events

CHILDREN AT RISK provides free virtural learning events each year by gathering experts from around the nation and state to discuss pressing issues that Texas children face today. 

The Latest from C@R

2023 Annual Report

2023 Annual Report

It is with immense pride and joy that we announce the start of a significant milestone: the 35th Anniversary of CHILDREN AT RISK. For over three decades, our organization has been at the forefront of advocating for the well-being and rights of vulnerable children,...

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2024 Equity Tour

2024 Equity Tour

The Texas Equity Tour, slated for March 2024, is a pivotal event organized by CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) to address systemic racism and its impact on Texas children and families. Rooted in the principles of racial equity, the tour serves as a platform to present key...

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2022-2023 CHILDREN AT RISK’s Annual School Rankings

2022-2023 CHILDREN AT RISK’s Annual School Rankings

For the past nineteen years, CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) has ranked and graded Texas public schools to help parents, educators, and community members better understand how their local schools are performing. By providing this information to parents and educators, C@R hopes...

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Our Causes

Early Education

K-12 Education

Human Trafficking

Health & Nutrition

New American Children

Family Well-Being


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