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EARLY LEARNING ALLIANCE

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 6 communities to receive technical assistance for such efforts from National League of Cities. The stars have aligned to make tangible progress in giving local kids the best possible start.

What arose is a coalition of individuals, agencies, nonprofit organizations, educational and social service entities with a vested interest in the cause. This collaborative group, which is championed by the North Texas Community Foundation, is referred to as the Early Learning Alliance.

The ELA is a community collaboration of more than 50 individuals and organizations focused on early learning from ages 0-8. Together, it seeks to improve outcomes for all Fort Worth children by aligning the goals of early child care providers and K-12 systems.

THREE PRIORITY AREAS

Assessment and Data Sharing: Provide parents, early educators, teachers and service providers with access to common information that will improve how each supports the learning and development of the children in their care.

Professional Development: Develop a continuum of educational opportunities – from one-time workshops to graduate degrees in higher education – for professionals working with children from birth through age 8.

Family Engagement: Ensure that parents are empowered to be their child’s first teachers and most important advocate. Offer training and technical assistance for agencies and schools serving families so that providers can move from traditional to transformational family engagement.

The network is hosted by Fort Worth ISD, receives technical assistance from the National League of Cities, and is supported by the North Texas Community Foundation, among others.

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