• The Challenge
    Houston’s children are not prepared to start school, leading to achievement gaps and lost potential.

    60% of Houston children cannot recognize all the letters of the alphabet. 78% don’t know their numbers, and 62% cannot do simple counting. 59% cannot write their own names.

    Why Early Learning is Important

  • Our Solution
    We’re building the quality learning foundation that lasts a lifetime.

    We improve learning environments at home and in the classroom, creating, sustaining and expanding quality early education until all children have the opportunity to succeed in school and in life. 

    How We Improve Early Learning

  • Your Role
    Your time, talent or resources can positively change the trajectories of Houston’s next generation.

    We know what works for young children, and we need your support to put these solutions into action. If you’re passionate about ensuring that all children, particularly those born into poverty, have access to the American Dream, then join us.

    How You Can Make Houston's Future Brighter

Houston’s children are not prepared to start school, leading to achievement gaps and lost potential.

60% of Houston children cannot recognize all the letters of the alphabet. 78% don’t know their numbers, and 62% cannot do simple counting. 59% cannot write their own names.

Why Early Learning is Important

We’re building the quality learning foundation that lasts a lifetime.

We improve learning environments at home and in the classroom, creating, sustaining and expanding quality early education until all children have the opportunity to succeed in school and in life. 

How We Improve Early Learning

Your time, talent or resources can positively change the trajectories of Houston’s next generation.

We know what works for young children, and we need your support to put these solutions into action. If you’re passionate about ensuring that all children, particularly those born into poverty, have access to the American Dream, then join us.

How You Can Make Houston's Future Brighter

Explore our Giving Priorities

Your gift supports Collaborative for Children’s work with educators, parents and advocates to improve the quality of early learning experiences for Houston children. Explore our program areas to see the impact we can make with your support. 

“Taking a proactive approach to cognitive and social skill development through investments in quality early childhood programs is more effective and economically efficient than trying to close the gap later on.”

– James J. Heckman, Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago & a Nobel Memorial Prize  Winner in Economics