Equity & Justice

We are committed to viewing all our work with a race equity lens

 Our goal is to improve equity and justice for all Texas children and families and to find solutions for problems that disproportionately affect communities of color. We do this by collecting data to identify inequities, collaborating for community-driven solutions, and advocating for equitable systems.

CHILDREN AT RISK has also identified diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core organizational value. We believe the power of diversity enriches us all by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and discover, design, and deliver solutions. CHILDREN AT RISK is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff and board and to honor their experiences, perspectives, and unique identities; and strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. 

One of the core values of CHILDREN AT RISK is Racial Equity. We desire to improve equity and justice for all children and families in Texas and to find solutions for problems that disproportionately affect communities of color. As such, we have made many strides toward our goal through tangible, measurable steps.

In 2021 we created the Texas Racial Equity Collaborative (TREC) with a 3-prong plan to:

Educate about racial disparities that hurt children and families and highlight opportunities and solutions that dismantle systemic racism;

Collaborate with individuals, businesses and organizations who are actively working to dismantle systemic racism; and

Advocate for legislation that closes racial gaps, eliminates systemic racism and tracks the effects of policies on BIPOC children and families. Additionally, we pledge to oppose legislation that feeds systemic racism and inequity.

In 2022, we continued our commitment to equity, internally and externally, through the following activities:

  • Adding a Chief Equity Officer to our senior leadership team.
  • Holding quarterly DEI trainings and workshops for our staff.
  • Creating a TREC internship program for students attending a Texas Historically Black College or University.
  • Partnering with Prairie View A&M University to study and make recommendations for the sustainability and recruitment of BIPOC early childcare providers in the Quest for Equity and Quality Report.
  • Hosting a TREC summit with statewide partners to develop goals for research and advocacy.
  • Holding 8 Racial Equity Rapid Roundtable discussions on a variety of topics with national and statewide experts.
  • Hosting free, accessible virtual programing that included, The State of Black Children, Summit on Basic Needs and Child Success, The State of Latinx Children, Health in the Borderlands and Creating an Equitable Path to STEM Careers.

Our commitment to racial equity for children and families will continue in 2023 with advocacy during the Texas Legislative Session with an Equity Rally Day at the Capitol and the release of a State of Inequities report that will highlight issues and offer solutions designed to breakdown barriers to success for all Texas families. We have much work to do, but we are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference and we won’t take this opportunity for granted.

Our Latest equity & Justice

Research & Resources

Growing Up In Houston: Assessing the Quality of Life of Our Children

Data must be the catalyst for any conversation regarding the well-being of our children. However, data alone is not sufficient. We must also overlay context to better understand the complexities of the many issues facing our children. Growing Up in Houston aims to do just that.

CHILDREN AT RISK and Texas Family Leadership Council Host Third Annual State of Black Children in Texas

CHILDREN AT RISK and Texas Family Leadership Council Host Third Annual State of Black Children in Texas

On Thursday, February 16, the Texas Family Leadership Council and CHILDREN AT RISK hosted the third annual State of Black Children in Texas summit. The summit explored the challenges Black children face growing up in Texas and how to best support them at all stages of...

CHILDREN AT RISK Releases 2022 Annual Report

CHILDREN AT RISK Releases 2022 Annual Report

2022 was a year of huge growth for CHILDREN AT RISK, both in our work and as an agency! In addition to our main office in Houston, we are proud to report C@R now has multiple staff members based in North Texas, Central Texas, and El Paso. Having this statewide...

Talking to Your Kids About Racism

By: Blanca Torres, Intern  The experience and memories you observe as a child often shape who you are as an adult. At our youngest, we are most vulnerable. Children who experience racism can have long-term effects and even trauma. For children, the effects of racism...