Texas Family Leadership Council

Coming Together for Texas Children

The Texas Family Leadership Council is made up of child and family-focused organizations, community leaders, and influencers from across the state. TXFLC members come together to share information and resources to improve the quality of life for Texas children. TXFLC working groups tackle the most pressing issues facing families in our state by evaluating policy solutions and developing a united advocacy agenda. 

Interested in Joining?

Contact Lindsey Wilkerson at  lwilkerson@childrenatrisk.org to learn more. 

Knowing that Texas nonprofits would need access to information and coordinated support to serve children and families effectively during the COVID-19 crisis, CHILDREN AT RISK launched the Texas Family Leadership Council (TXFLC) early into the pandemic. Utilizing our trusted relationships with community partners and experience coordinating collective action in previous times of crisis, C@R brought together powerful and diverse voices of child-serving organizations from across Texas for cross-sector collaboration, information sharing, and to develop a united advocacy front.

Since its inception, the Council has grown to include 100+ participants. TXFLC membership consists of child and family-focused organizations, community leaders, and influencers from across the state. TXFLC weekly meetings have hosted state leaders, including legislators and TEA Commissioner Mike Morath, and established working groups on racial equity, immigrant health, COVID-19 research, and more. TXFLC members have supported more than a dozen virtual events, webinars, and press conferences.

TXFLC members are committed to ensuring the collective efforts to support Texas families are effective and build the momentum necessary to help our most vulnerable children. 

TXFLC Turns Two! Birthday Campaign

Born out of a need for collaboration and communication in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are thrilled to celebrate our second birthday on April 30, 2022. To help us celebrate, we ask that you give what you can, be it $5 or $5,000, to support our TXFLC Birthday Campaign. All donations will support the TXFLC Scholarship Fund, which covers the membership fees for smaller organizations that have too much to give to their community to afford the cost of entrance. The TXFLC Scholarship Fund ensures that every voice, both big and small, has an equal seat at our table and helps us advocate for public policy that truly meets the needs of all Texans.

THE Latest from TXFLC

TREC Hosts Sixth Rapid Round Table Focused on the Quest for Equity & Quality

Dismantling the systemic barriers to provider participation in Texas’ QRIS and increasing access to high-quality ECE for children and families of color. Media Contact: Rashena Flagg, 713.301.4577  On Thursday, May 12, CHILDREN AT RISK and the Texas Racial Equity Collaborative (TREC) hosted the sixth in a series of monthly roundtables centered on racial equities experienced by Texas children and...

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Thought Leaders Convene for Second-Annual Border Health Summit

EXPERTS gathered to explore the INNOVATIVE PRACTICES AND UNIQuE HEALTH CHALLENGES IN THE TEXAS BORDERLANDS DURING APRIL 7 SUMMIT While the health challenges impacting the Borderlands are many, the strong sense of collaboration within the region has created unique opportunities for border communities to innovate and continue improving in the health sector. On April 7, Children at Risk and Texas...

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Rapid Roundtable ǀ TREC Hosts Conversation Centered on Health Equity and Access in the Texas-Mexico Border Region

On Wednesday, April 6, CHILDREN AT RISK and the Texas Racial Equity Collaborative (TREC) hosted the fifth in a series of monthly roundtables centered on racial equities experienced by Texas children and their families.  Each month, speakers discuss pervasive issues and trends impacting historically marginalized communities, such as how African American and Hispanic communities suffered higher...

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CHILDREN AT RISK & TXFLC host “A Fighting Chance: Summit on Basic Needs and Child Success”

Health leaders, researchers, and advocates gathered to explore the basic needs children need to thrive and the best practices we can implement to better support them. In today's uncertain world, it's more important than ever to make sure our children have everything they need to thrive. But what do kids really need?  On March 24, CHILDREN AT RISK, Mattress Firm, and Texas Family Leadership...

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Amerigroup supports CHILDREN AT RISK & Texas Family Leadership Council (TXFLC) Learning Events

Media Contact: Rashena Flagg, 713.301.4577 Amerigroup Texas, one of the state’s largest coordinators of managed healthcare, has generously provided Children at Risk with $10,000 to support the statewide collaborative Texas Family Leadership Council’s (TXFLC) calendar of 2022 Learning Events. These events bring together child and family-focused organizations, education professionals, healthcare...

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

On Thursday, February 24, the Texas Family Leadership Council and CHILDREN AT RISK hosted the second annual State of Black Children summit. The summit, sponsored by Amazon and Amerigroup, explored the challenges Black children face growing up in Texas and how to best support them from cradle to career.  Briana Gordley and Ann Baddour from Texas Appleseed kicked off this year's summit with a...

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Beyond the Dream, TREC Hosts First Racial Equity Summit

On Thursday, January 27, the Texas Family Leadership Council and the Texas Racial Equity Collaborative (TREC) partnered with Fidelity to host their first annual racial equity summit, Beyond the Dream: From Words to Action. The summit included panels of legislators and business leaders from around Texas to discuss the importance of racial equity. Sharon Watkins-Jones, Director of TREC, and Jeri...

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H-E-B Helping Here, Supports Texas Family Leadership Council

H-E-B  Supports Texas Family Leadership Council Media Contact: Rashena Flagg, 713.301.4577 Beloved Texas grocery-store chain H-E-B has generously provided Children at Risk with $15,000.00 to support the growth of the nonprofit’s statewide collaborative Texas Family Leadership Council (TXFLC). Spurred by the pandemic, CHILDREN AT RISK launched TXFLC in April 2020 to respond to the statewide need...

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TREC Hosts Racial Equity Roundtable on Going Back to School under COVID-19

On Wednesday, September 29, CHILDREN AT RISK and the Texas Racial Equity Collaborative launched the first in a series of monthly roundtables centered on racial equity first These monthly Racial Equity Rapid Roundtables will gather community leaders, child advocates, and issue experts to unpack the inequities experienced by Texas children and their families. Each month, topics will cover current...

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TXFLC WORKGROUPS:

TEXAS RACIAL EQUITY COLLABORATIVE (TREC): TREC is a consortium of individuals representing various organizations working together to combat racial disparities in all sectors of Texas life.

TEXAS IMMIGRATION NETWORK (TIN): TIN brings together pediatricians, attorneys, educators, among others to work together to address the needs of New American Children.

PUBLIC POLICY AND ADVOCACY WORKGROUP (PPAC): PPAC engages on common legislative items that will improve the status of children. PPAC also helps provide advocacy tools and support to organizations without policy or governmental affairs positions.

HEALTH ADVISORY WORKGROUP: The Health Advisory Council is a coalition of members who are passionate about the health and wellness of Texas children. This group brings together health care professionals and public advocates to identify whole-child policy solutions.

TEXAS RURAL ADVOCATES COLLABORATIVE (TRAC): TRAC works to address the specific needs of Texas’ rural children and families. These needs in many cases are compounded by the lack of access to resources that comes from living in a rural area.

TEXAS ANTI-POVERTY AGENDA (TAPA): According to the most recent pre-pandemic data, Texas ranks 40th in the country with a child poverty rate of 19%. TAPA members agree that child poverty is the root cause of numerous societal issues for our state. Their efforts focus on evidence-based policies to significantly reduce child poverty so children have a meaningful opportunity to thrive.