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


National Immigration Summit

Join us for this annual summit as thought leaders and experts weigh-in on child-forward immigration policies, access to basic needs and mental health resources, education, and how we can begin to center kids in the narrative surrounding immigrants and immigration.


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.

November 14

Legislative Roadmap

Join us for the unveiling of our 2025 Legislative Agenda while experts share advocacy tips and ways to drive change #forchildren as we gear-up for the 89th Legislative Session.




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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