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Great things are happening in Fort Worth to encourage strong educational outcomes for young children thanks to a “perfect storm” of circumstances.

Emergent awareness among local leaders and organizations that early education resources weren’t being effectively aligned – and mobilization to address that concern – coincided with Fort Worth’s selection as one of six communities to receive technical assistance for such efforts from the National League of Cities. The players have aligned to make tangible progress in giving local kids the best possible start.

What arose is a coalition of more than 50 agencies, nonprofit organizations, educational entities, and individuals with a vested interest in early learning from ages 0-8. Known as The Early Learning Alliance, this collaborative group is a ten-year movement working to ensure that all children have the foundation they need to succeed in school and life.

Championed by the North Texas Community Foundation, ELA’s goal is to build a cohesive local early childhood system that enables every child to be kindergarten ready. They do this by focusing on five key priority areas:

  • Elevating Professional Quality
  • Elevating Program Quality
  • Engaging with Families
  • Sharing Data and Research
  • Ensuring Equity in Child Well Being

The Alliance is supported through grants from local and national partners, including the North Texas Community Foundation.

Click here to view the updated framework for investing in early childhood in Tarrant County.

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