A growing coalition of public and private institutions in Greater Austin Have come together.
In the past five years we've enacted a community wide strategic and coordinated effort to reverse worrying trends.
The School Readiness Action Plan established an unprecedented collaborative and focused effort led by the United Way for Greater Austin bringing together nonprofits, city and county departments, public school districts, funders and policy makers. The SRAP identifies four critical areas necessary for success and directs specific strategies and actions to build capacity, leverage resources, expand access and improve quality of early care and education for families with young children.
The Blueprint for Educational Change, the Central Texas region’s strategic plan to build the strongest educational pipeline in the country, is collaborative effort led by E3 Alliance that defined educational goals and identified known gaps. The first of it’s four priority goals is for all children to enter Kindergarten school ready.
These efforts have resulted in:
Robust data collection and analysis to inform programmatic, funding and policy decisions to improve access and quality of services for young children and families
Districts in our region have chosen to maintain or create more high quality public school Pre-K programs
The City of Austin incorporated equitable access to quality Early Childhood Education into it’s 2023 Strategic Plan and will measure the number and percentage of children enrolled in quality Early Childhood Education programs as a key metric.
The ground work has been laid, and now the Greater Austin business community has joined these efforts in a leadership role. In our inaugural year, Early Matters Greater Austin has numerous milestones to celebrate:
Researched, finalized and began dissemination of Austin’s Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit that is endorsed by the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Informed policymakers about EMGA’s goals and support for pre-k expansion during the upcoming legislative session. This included hosting an event with the Austin delegation, participating in a press conference at City Hall and acting as a reference and authority on child care for local media outlets; and also participating in Leadership Austin breakfast focused on the importance of early childhood as an economic development issue
Laid the foundation for Innovation by working with cross-sector partners in Austin as well as Promise Studios to brainstorm opportunities to incubate innovation in Austin.