Early Childhood Education

The brain’s architecture is built during a child’s first 1000 days

Early Childhood Education lays the foundation for a child’s future. CHILDREN AT RISK works to ensure every child and family has access to high-quality early education programs.

Building Brains & Economies

Over a 6-month period across the US, 45% of parents miss work at least once due to child care disruptions, costing American businesses approximately $4.4 billion every year. Lack of affordable child care forces many families to reduce hours or drop out of the workforce, which results in an estimated $8.3 billion annually in lost wages.

Quality child care helps parents during a time when they are stressed and stretched for time and resources, and it provides them with important information on the education and development of their child. From birth through age 3, a child’s brain is forming connections that are literally building a foundation that will impact the child’s future learning, health, and behaviors. The foundation is heavily influenced by interactions with that child’s caregivers, such as parents or child care teachers. Without a strong foundation, children are less likely to succeed in school and later in the workforce.

On a nine-city tour, CHILDREN AT RISK  unveiled an executive summary of their upcoming report, Building Brains and Economies: Quality Child Care as an Engine for Economic Development in a 21st Century Texas, as well as a mapping tool to help local and state leaders improve access to quality early childhood education.

Child Care – An Essential Work Support for Women

In Travis County, critical indicators for the current and future workforce should sound the alarm for the local economy. Many workers are parents, but women with young children are less likely to participate in the workforce than their male counterparts. In partnership with the Austin Community Foundation, CHILDREN AT RISK  releases Child Care – An Essential Work Support for Women. A 2018 Analysis of Access to Child Care in Central Texas.

Access to affordable child care is a critical two-generation approach for families in Central Texas. Parents, particularly mothers who want or need to work, have a difficult time finding child care that meets their needs and their budgets. Children benefit from high quality early learning settings, preparing them for success in school and later in the workforce. This report provides an overview of Central Texas families, their access to child care, and recommendations for philanthropists and community stakeholders to overcome barriers to providing quality child care for all families.

Child Care Desert & Affordability Map

With support from the Kellogg Foundation, CHILDREN AT RISK presents the Texas Child Care Desert & Affordability Map— an interactive tool to explore the local availability and cost of child care across the state of Texas.

Does the supply of child care in your area meet the demand for services among children of working parents? How much of their income are families in your area paying for child care?

Child Care Desert & Affordability Map Webinar

Interested in learning more about how you can use CHILDREN AT RISK’s Texas Child Care Desert and Affordability Map to drive change in your community? This webinar from CHILDREN AT RISK and January Advisors details how data can be used to improve access to quality child care. Learn how community members and policymakers can leverage this important advocacy tool.

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