Since 2012, Collaborative for Children has provided quality improvement services to 10 child care centers in the Baytown area. Through the three-year program, child care center directors and teachers receive professional development training, consulting services, one-on-one coaching and mentoring, salary incentives, and grants for classroom curriculum and materials.
Collaborative for Children offers corporate contracts to local employers to provide Child Care Referral Concierge Services based on the specific child care needs of their employees. When employers subscribe to our concierge services, they add a valuable employee benefit to their benefit packages: providing their workers with personalized access to our child care referral services at no cost to the employee. Our child care resource and referral team assists employees with personalized searches, referrals and follow-up to make finding child care easier for working parents of young children.
Collaborative for Children is the child care resource and referral service for the Greater Houston area. Since 1987, our parent educators have assisted parents in finding the right child care solutions for their families. Now, we offer the completely free service by phone or online. Our team of child care experts answers calls to our dedicated phone lines from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday in English (713-600-1234) and in Spanish (713-600-1177) and conducts searches for child care based on each family’s individual needs. Families also can conduct free searches of our child care database online at FindChildCareNow.org.
Designed and delivered by our early childhood education experts, College Bound from Birth is a three-year quality improvement program offered at no cost to selected child care providers across Houston. Program components aim to improve the quality of early learning offered by participating providers, leading to increased kindergarten readiness. Services and resources are delivered to child care centers following an application and selection process, and include professional development, incentives, scholarships, on-site consultation, parent engagement support and resources, and classroom materials and supplies.
Child care centers that are Texas Rising Star certified are eligible to participate in Collaborative for Children’s Family Centered Child Care Project. A family-centered approach to early care and education is important to ensuring healthy child development and school readiness in preschool-age children. Through the Family Centered Child Care Project, Collaborative for Children guides centers in implementing best practices designed to improve parent involvement, engagement and communication.
Our free online search tool features state-of-the-art mapping and filtering functionality to allow families to search for child care and compare child care programs. All licensed or registered child care programs in the 13 counties of the Greater Houston region are included in the database. Results for each program include detailed information on services provided, quality rating information and links to the state’s license report on the provider.
In late August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey pounded the Houston area and the Texas Gulf Coast with 51 inches of unprecedented rainfall, flooding homes and businesses. Child care programs across the area suffered significant damage, leaving many families without child care and impacting their ability to return to work. Uniquely positioned to reach child care programs in the region, Collaborative for Children secured disaster relief funding and quickly mobilized a team of recovery coordinators to assess damage, visit impacted providers, provide assistance, coordinate recovery, connect programs with trainings on quality and partner with them to enter the Texas Rising Star system. The team continues to work with area child care programs to build their resilience so they will recover from Hurricane Harvey stronger than before and be better positioned to weather future storms.
Our professional development experts focus on building the skills and capacity of early childhood providers in our 13-county region. Throughout the year, we conduct high-quality face-to-face group classes on topics of value to early childhood education directors and educators across the region. We also offer online classes written by experts in childhood development and education to accommodate the busy schedules of early childhood educators in the Houston area or across the globe.
Recognizing that parents are a child’s first teachers, Collaborative for Children’s parent educators conduct a variety of parenting education classes across the community and to teen parents. Through the evidence-based Positive Parenting Program and the research-based Practical Parent Education classes, parents learn how to nurture their child’s cognitive and socio-emotional development, forming the foundation for their future success in school and in life. Collaborative for Children also offers a variety of free online resources for parents including parenting tips, child development, reading lists, child care, trauma, special needs, learning at home, transitioning to school, discipline, interactive activities and more.
In partnership with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and ParentingHelp, Collaborative for Children provides the national Parents as Teachers curriculum to pregnant women and parents of children three years of age or younger. Parents as Teachers supports parents in promoting healthy development and school readiness in their children. The evidence-based program includes in-home visits and support from Collaborative for Children’s parent educators.
Texas Rising Star is a voluntary, quality-based rating system of child care providers participating in the Texas Workforce Commission’s subsidized child care program. Texas Rising Star Certified Providers exceed the state’s minimum child care licensing standards. Through funding from Workforce Solutions, Collaborative for Children administers Texas Rising Star in the 13-county Houston-Galveston region. Our early childhood professionals manage the Texas Rising Star application process and provide training, coaching and mentoring to Texas Rising Star certified providers.