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ChildCareGroup

aka CCG   |   Dallas, TX   |  www.childcaregroup.org

Mission

MISSION: \nTo champion a strong two-generation system that teaches children and parents, trains early childhood professional and assists families.\n\nVISION:\nChildren do better as their parents do better. When families thrive, communities succeed.

Ruling year info

1942

President and CEO

Mrs. Victoria (Tori) Thomas Mannes

Main address

1420 West Mockingbird Lane Suite 300

Dallas, TX 75247 USA

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EIN

75-0800634

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Family Services (P40)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (K12)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Dallas has a child poverty problem. According to the 2018 Dallas Economic Opportunity Assessment, 43 percent of Dallas residents subsist on a household income that is less than two times the federal poverty level. Thirty-one percent of Dallas County children live in poverty: the third-highest child poverty rate among American cities. Poverty in Dallas is concentrated predominately in neighborhoods of color. These neighborhoods lack resources that families need to break the cycle of generational poverty, thus passing the lack of opportunity to their children. Dallas families in poverty face numerous challenges, including deficits in health, food assistance, college preparation, and job training for adults.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Child Care Assistance

ChildCareGroup operates the federal child care subsidy program for low income working families in the following Texas counties: Dallas, Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, McLennan, Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange. Through this program, we provide financial assistance for child care for over 22,000 children so their parents can go to work or attend school. We provide information on child care options, and encourage parents to understand the importance of quality child care before selecting a child care provider for their family.

Population(s) Served
Families
Infants and toddlers

We train more than 2,200 child care providers through quality and evidence-based professional development programs. Our courses help improve the overall quality of the local child care industry and help child care professionals meet their state-mandated continuing education requirements. Our trainings include business fundamentals, CPR and safety, obesity prevention and school readiness.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Adults

Through ChildCareGroup's Early Childhood Education Programs we provide high quality early childhood education to over 1600 children in Dallas and Navarro Counties, and support services to their families. We operate 7 nationally accredited early childhood education centers and partner with the following school districts to offer blended Head Start and public preK programming: Dallas, Corsicana, DeSoto, Duncanville, Garland, Mesquite, Richardson. In addition, our home visiting program model, called "Born Learning", is delivered in the homes of over 350 families in Dallas and Colin Counties, and has earned national accreditation by Parents as Teachers (PAT) , our curriculum model.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

We serve nearly 240 parents and children through our in-home parent education program that teaches parents to be their child’s first and life-long teacher.

Born Learning utilizes the evidence-based Parents as Teachers program model and emphasizes the importance of early learning.

Our certified Parent Educators conduct screenings and assessments to identify children with developmental delays. In addition, they address the needs of the whole family through community referrals.

Population(s) Served
Families
Infants and toddlers

NorthTexasFamilies.org is a comprehensive website where families can find resources, connect to services and apply for benefits. This online resources is a single resource for early childhood programs, education, parenting support, health, food, housing, transit,money, work and legal services.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

By aligning with the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, ChildCareGroup (CCG) strives to break the cycle of generational poverty through quality early education for children ages 0 to 5 and support services for their families. The Ascend Network reports that investments in high-quality early education yield a 7-10 percent per year return\non investment based on increased school and career achievement as well as reduced social costs; that physical health and mental health have a major impact on a family’s ability to thrive - impacting everything from a child's school attendance to a parent's earning ability; that a $3,000 difference in parents’ income when their child is young is associated with a 17 percent increase in the child’s future earnings; and that a strong and resilient family structure can bolster the aspirations parents have for their children and help move families out of poverty. Early childhood education alone is not enough to improve the next generation's socio-economic prospects: the entire family needs services and access to resources. A child coming home to a stressed environment with too few resources and overwhelmed parents who are struggling to make ends meet will face greater economic and academic challenges than a child with engaged caregivers, an economically secure family situation, and an enriching environment both in and outside the home. CCG recognizes that families in poverty need resources beyond early childhood education, including financial resources to pay bills, access to health care, and education/ job training to improve their career prospects. By addressing the needs of the whole family, CCG works to help strengthen the family unit, improve long-term economic outcomes for children and their parents, and impact academic outcomes for children far beyond the preschool years. Through its Two Generation model, CCG strives to help families - especially families of color who live in historically marginalized communities - achieve positive, long-term educational and economic outcomes.

Provide nurturing care and school readiness services to approximately 1,634 children annually to help them become prepared for success in school and in life. ChildCareGroup's commitment to providing the highest quality services to the most vulnerable children is demonstrated through accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the highest quality indicator possible in the field of early childhood education. Of the 1,500 licensed and registered childcare facilities in Dallas County, only 28 programs are NAEYC accredited. CCG operates six of those distinguished programs. CCG small class size and low child-to-teacher ratios contribute to its high-quality programs. A teacher designs an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for each child in the program based on assessments, parent input and best early childhood practices. One feature of quality that is unique to CCG is the Constant Care Group model: children stay in the program for up to five years and change teachers only once during their transition from infant/toddler to the preschool classroom, rather than one or more times per year. ChildCareGroup preschool classrooms, a CCG teacher co-teaches alongside a Dallas ISD preK teacher in each preschool classroom. These children are dually-enrolled in both CCG's program and Dallas ISD preK. Classrooms are rich in numeracy and literacy, and classroom materials are dual-labeled in both English and Spanish. PreK teachers implement the Growing Up Wild science curriculum and Frog Street Pre-K curriculum. Frog Street is research-based and integrates instruction across developmental and early learning domains, including social-emotional development and English and Spanish language development. Each day is organized around a balance of child-led and teacher-led early learning activities, including Whole-Group, Circle Time, and Center Time, which provide an anchor for conversation, play, and learning. This comprehensive curriculum includes enrichment resource materials and activities for large and small group instruction for children ages 3-5 years. In the Infant/Toddler program, teachers also utilize the Frog Street curriculum to nurture children, inspire creativity, and foster exploration. The I Am Moving, I Am Learning curriculum helps lay healthy nutritional and physical activity foundations in the earliest years. ChildCareGroup's Early Childhood Program team includes full time teachers and other education staff who work towards the common goals of educating young children and preparing them for success in school and in life. At the same time, CCG assists parents in achieving their own goals that will help their families thrive. Continuity is important to ChildCareGroup's model: children may enter ChildCareGroup's program as early as age six weeks (though mothers may enroll in the program prenatally) and transition when they move on to Kindergarten.

The mission of ChildCareGroup (CCG) is to champion a strong two-generation early childhood system that teaches children and parents, trains early childhood professionals, and assists families. CCG believes that all children, regardless of background or circumstance, deserve a solid foundation that will help them succeed in school and in life. CCG's successful early education programs are built on over a century of experience in helping provide a safe, nurturing, educational setting for young children and coordinated support services to help lift families out of poverty. ChildCareGroup was founded in 1901 as the Dallas Free Kindergarten Training and Industrial Association. Our original location, near Cedar Springs and McKinney Avenue, was known as the Neighborhood House, and was the first of many settlement houses set up around the state to provide educational and social programs for the children of immigrants, the working class, and the poor, primarily those who worked in Dallas cotton industry. Through partnerships and collaborations, CCG began providing nutrition and medical services and developed the holistic philosophy still practiced today. Over time, one thing has remained constant: CCG's profound commitment to helping families raise intellectually, emotionally and physically healthy young children. This history of caring remains at the heart of ChildCareGroup's mission today. Children cannot rise out of poverty by themselves. In order to improve long-term outcomes for children, CCG must provide quality early childhood interventions while also improving opportunities for parents. Using the Two Generation (2Gen) Approach, evidenced by research from The Aspen Institute's Ascend Network and nationwide best practices, ChildCareGroup links its nationally accredited Early Childhood Program to other support services that help stabilize families as they strive for greater self-sufficiency. While continuing to build out this two-generation model with the help of collaborative partners, ChildCareGroup is committed to the continued best practice implementation of its cornerstone Early Childhood Program, which provides robust, comprehensive early childhood education for the community’s most vulnerable children. ChildCareGroup's Vision: Children do better as their parents do better. When families thrive, communities succeed

ChildCareGroup knows that access to high quality early childhood education is critical for success in school and in life. It is also critical to helping break the cycle of poverty. All ChildCareGroup center-based and home-based early childhood programs are nationally accredited and utilize best practices. However, delivering best practice early childhood programming is not enough. Through CCG's two-generation approach, both parents and children have the opportunity to succeed, thereby securing the investment of philanthropic dollars in our programs. By piloting this approach in our centers and building out the model with input from trusted collaborative partners, CCG hopes to demonstrate our impact in reducing poverty for low-income citizens of Dallas County. CCG believes that our two-generation model serves as a replicable and scalable strategy for the community, based on the success of children and families in its own programs. CCG's new initiative with United Way and PepsiCo will provide the opportunity to pilot this community approach to 2Gen service delivery. As North Texas largest and most comprehensive provider of early childhood programs and services, ChildCareGroup has been responsive to the changing early childhood landscape. CCG's strategy is designed to best meet the needs of the community's youngest and most vulnerable children and their parents, and to collaborate with partner agencies to leverage resources. ChildCareGroup's early childhood programs and its two-generation approach is critically important as ChildCareGroup implements, refines, and expands its innovative, transformational program model.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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ChildCareGroup

Board of directors
as of 04/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Jennifer Soltis

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/11/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/11/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.