Early Learning Alliance (The Alliance) – formerly known as the Educational Alignment for Young Children – was formed in 2013 as part of national efforts to improve early learning systems in cities.
The Alliance includes more than 50 organizations and individuals representing government, community-based early child care providers, faith-based organizations, educators, school district administrators, training organizations, nonprofit service providers, health and mental health providers, private foundations, the United Way of Tarrant County, Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County and the City of Fort Worth.
In 2014-15, we formalized our structure and developed a strategic plan to align and bring cohesion to the uncoordinated systems in which Fort Worth children learn and grow. The plan called for focused action to:
- Ensure that families are empowered to be full partners with professionals in their children’s learning and are connected with the support systems they need,
- Provide adults with information and data so they can better support the learning and development of the young children in their care, and
- Design a career pathway to attract, support, and retain qualified professionals to work with children from birth to age eight.
In 2017, we reflected on the last three years and created our next 1,000 days action plan. We remain committed to elevating early childhood professional and program quality, family engagement, and using data and research to inform our work.
Our Framework for Success is based on equity; we believe that all children, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender or income, should have a strong foundation for a future of success in school and in life. Through the use of data, best practices, strategic investments, public support and sound public policies, the Alliance seeks to create a system where children and families thrive.
Contact us and find out how you can support these important efforts.