The Together We Learn Program opened in 2010 as part of the Zero to Five Funders Collaborative’s efforts to support families in the Bachman Lake area. Less than half of the area’s children enter kindergarten school ready and half of all families are single-parent with multiple children. Composed of 26 funders, the Collaborative awarded Catholic Charities and three other organizations a 5-year grant to serve the area's families.
Over the past 111 years, ChildCare Group has offered children a different vision of their future in their Early Head Start and Head Start programs, serving families who qualify for 100% of federal poverty guidelines. Beginning as a milk program created by concerned citizens of Dallas who identified a lack of childcare for people working in cotton fields, ChildCare Group now works with more than 600 children every day in eight programs across a network of seven centers.
Bachman Lake Community School is the third campus of the 36-year-old East Dallas Community School. It began in spring of 2009 as part of the Zero to Five Funders Collaborative—27 foundations and civic organizations that have come together to change the future of children ages zero to five in the Bachman Lake Community.
Founded in 1957 after a devastating tornado tore through the DFW area, Irving Cares became a place for people to give and receive help. At that time, the organization operated as a central information center with an unofficial motto of “cooperation is the answer.” Today, 12 employees and 300 volunteers serve over 42,000 people annually. Uplift Education is excited to team with Irving Cares to enrich the Irving community.
Based on the early model of an Uplift Summit teacher’s workshops, Latinos Stand Up evolved from programs serving only Nimitz families to providing workshops for families from schools throughout Irving ISD. Today, Latinos Stand Up meets at North Lake Campus. Anywhere from thirty five to eighty people attend monthly meetings, which have created a parent network about the road to college.
Serving 400 children at five locations throughout Dallas, Mi Escuelita has changed the lives of thousands of children in the city by providing early English education to children ages 2.5-5 years. This lays a necessary foundation for a successful academic career. Many Mi Escuelita students become Uplift scholars, and Uplift is excited to continue to partner with this organization to close the achievement gap in North Texas.