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Collaborative for Children’s Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality of early education in Greater Houston.  We work with parents, educators, and local leaders to make sure our region’s children have the learning opportunities they need to succeed – in school and throughout their lives.

Our Vision

Our vision is a strong, thriving Houston region where all children are prepared to succeed as students today and as educated citizens who positively contribute to our community when they grow up.

Our Values

Our core beliefs and values shape who we are as an organization. They’re behind everything we do, and they bring us closer to fulfilling our mission each day.

  • Collaboration

    There are many different people who shape our children’s success and all are an important part of our work.  Together, we are investing in our area’s future, accomplishing more than we ever thought we could alone.
  • Determination

    There’s an enormous need for quality early education – the future of our region depends on it – and we are deeply committed to building a strong foundation for all children to succeed academically and financially.
  • Transparency

    From how we work to how we’re funded, we choose to operate with complete transparency, so that our valued partners can trust in our mission and work.
  • Equality

    We believe that all our children should have access to the same opportunities, no matter their background, and our work remains unfinished until we get there.
  • Inclusiveness

    Our only agenda is to advance quality early education, and we take a nonpartisan approach, working with everyone at the table.

Our History

Collaborative for Children traces its roots to 1987, with a history grounded in two organizations: the Greater Houston Collaborative for Children (GHCC) and Initiatives for Children (IFC).  Collaborative for Children was formally founded in 2004.

For a more comprehensive look at our history and complete nonprofit profile, please visit DonorHouston and GuideStar.

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