1) Pre-K Study Announcement: CHILDREN AT RISK is thrilled to conduct a year-long mixed-methods study to assess current access to public Texas pre-kindergarten programs, research policies in other states and overperforming districts in Texas that promote high access to pre-kindergarten programs, to make recommendations for increasing pre-kindergarten access statewide. Keep an eye out for releases throughout the year, with the full findings to be released in September 2014 before the 84th Legislative Session. If you would like to learn more about this project, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Human Trafficking Updates: We were excited to have the opportunity to work with Representative Ted Poe and Senator John Cornyn on our recent op-ed, aimed at raising awareness and targeting the demand side of this awful crime. We have also been able to publish our secondNATI Newsletter, highlighting national efforts to end human trafficking. In the community, we were thrilled to partner with TCU on a research project, identifying gaps and trends in regulations in North Texas around sexually oriented businesses. Thanks to all of these efforts and others, we estimate that more than 1,600 North Texans were directly educated on domestic child trafficking by C@R in 2013!
3) We are excited to announce that our Board ofDirectors has committed to match all donations made to our End of Year Campaign dollar for dollar up to $40,000! If we are able to raise $15,000, with a direct match of $15,000, we will raise double what has ever been raised through this campaign before. We are already up to $2,000 and know that, with your help, we can reach our goal over the next 4 weeks! All donations made through December 31st will be matched and we are grateful for donations of all amounts.
4) Thank you to everyone who helped make ourFall Gallery Night and Policy Lunch: Dispelling the Myths around School Breakfast great successes! We were honored to recognize local heroes, including Dora Rivas, Executive Director of Food and Child Nutrition Services in Dallas ISD, and Dan Micciche, Dallas ISD School Board, who are fighting to end child hunger here in North Texas, and Toby Grauberger, Shelby Miller, and Cody Phillips, who were key in helping us reach new audiences and raise funds to support all of our efforts in 2013. Dora and Dan joined us again as expert panelists at our policy lunch, helping to give us all a more thorough understanding of what implementing school breakfast looks like from the classroom to the school board. Highlights of that event include scrumptious treats by Café Momentum and a surprise visit from Bill Ludwig!