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.

Upcoming Events & Activities


2023 Future of Children Summit

What might the lives of children look like decades from now? From emerging technologies to hybrid work models to evolving social structures, our Future of Children Summit will delve into the implications for children’s education, health, and well-being.


The Big Brunch

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 11th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for our annual Big Brunch at The Ballroom at Bayou Place! Guests will enjoy a phenomenal brunch prepared by some of Houston’s best chefs, wine tastings, contests and more.


2023 Immigration Summit

Our Immigration Summit will explore the unique challenges facing immigrant children and their families. This year has brought many changes to our immigration policy landscape; hear the latest on border policies, child labor, health care, and access to benefits. 

SEPT. 14

North Texas Hats off to Children

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 14, 2023, for the CHILDREN AT RISK’s North Texas Hats Off to Children Reception, held at the beautiful Hotel ZaZa Uptown. Guests will enjoy food, specialty drinks, a hat contest, silent auction, and more.

The Latest from C@R

2023 Kroger School Food Rankings

2023 Kroger School Food Rankings

Across Texas, over 5.4 million students were offered free school meals through federal programs, such as the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.  For many of these children, meals eaten at school are the only substantial meals they receive...

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ECE Texas Tours – Spring 2023

ECE Texas Tours – Spring 2023

We’re thrilled to invite you to our Spring 2023 Texas Tour virtually! CHILDREN AT RISK is hosting policy roundtables in 11 major cities around Texas throughout the Spring. During the roundtables, C@R will provide an update on the 88th Texas Legislative Session and...

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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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