Public Policy Partners

With the help of our partners at the local, state and national level, Collaborative for Children will continue to advocate for quality early care and education, promote opportunities for education during legislative sessions, and advocate for policies that support the children and families in our community.

Greater Houston Partnership
GHP leads Early Matters, a diverse coalition of local business, education and nonprofit organizations, which aims at raising awareness about the importance of high-quality early education. Learn more about Collaborative for Children's role in Early Matters.

Children at Risk 
A nonprofit organization that drives change for children through research, education and influencing public policy.

Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children (HAAEYC)
The local chapter of NAEYC, dedicated to promoting and supporting high-quality care and education for young children through improved professional practice and broadened public awareness.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Organization dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age eight.

Child Care Aware
Promotes national policies and partnerships to advance the development and learning of all children and provides support to community Child Care Resource & Referral.

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)
Supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective information based on research.

One Voice Texas 
A network of public, private and nonprofit organizations in the Greater Houston Area working together to ensure that the health and human service needs of all Texans are addressed in legislative, regulatory, funding and other public policy initiatives.

Texas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (TACCRRA) 
The state chapter of NACCRRA which promotes the importance of quality systems to find child care and provides state data on child care resources and trends.

Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TAEYC)
Providing professional development services to early childhood practitioners.

Texans Care for Children
Devoted to improving the lives of children in Texas.

Advocacy by the Numbers

90% of brain development
occurs by age 5.

Only 50% of eligible children
receive a child care subsidy.

Currently there is only enough funding
to send 18% of eligible children in Harris
County to Head Start.