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.



Opportunity & Resiliency

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

November 1

Virtual Texas Tour

CHILDREN AT RISK will be facilitating community conversations discussing the effects of the 88th Regular Legislative Session on Early Childhood Education and next steps for continuing to build a robust child care system in Texas that supports young children and their families. 11:30AM – 1:00pm CST

November 3

Accolades: The Texas Academy Awards of Child Advocacy

At this annual event, attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch as we honor and give accolades to outstanding child advocactes and nonprofit organizations driving change and making life better for Texas children.

November 9

2023 STEM Summit

A learning opportunity for educators and community leaders, this event will highlight the work of STEM industry leaders, educators, and nonprofit innovators working to improve access to STEM education for all students. 

10:00AM CST


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How did Children Fare in the 88th Texas Legislative Session?

How did Children Fare in the 88th Texas Legislative Session?

Over the 140 days of the 2023 Regular Texas Legislative Session, approximately 11,800 bills were filed, and 4,550 passed. CHILDREN AT RISK showed up strong, registering support for bills 79 times, and providing expert testimony on legislation 29 times. In addition to...

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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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