Donor Stories

Champions for the Institute for Early Learning

Beginning in 1905 with one family-owned store in the Texas Hill Country, today independently owned food retailer H-E-B has grown to more than 350 stores with 85,000 employees in 155 communities. During this century of growth, H-E-B has contributed to activities, initiatives, events and programs that make a positive impact on local communities, particularly education and literacy causes.

Recognizing that improving early learning environments for young children has big payoffs, H-E-B has supported Collaborative for Children’s Institute for Early Learning. With H-E-B’s assistance, early education providers in the Houston area have access to high quality and easily accessible in-person trainings and online courses. When directors and teachers have access to effective training, they are empowered to create engaging learning experiences, and our youngest children are stimulated during key brain-building periods. These children will be ready when they enter pre-K or kindergarten, leading to higher graduation rates, increased incomes and better communities.

“Unfortunately, if kids start behind in school, they stay behind,” says Scott McClelland, president of H-E-B Houston. “That’s why the work Collaborative for Children does is so vitally important. They ready children to have success once they enter the public school system.”

Consistent with the long-term vision that led to a century of growth, H-E-B partnered with Collaborative for Children to make a strategic investment in the next generation of Greater Houston. Children now and for years to come will benefit from H-E-B’s support of early learning opportunities.