As shared previously, more than 40 community organizations have joined together to support students and families in Dallas ISD’s South Oak Cliff and Molina feeder patterns. Their shared focus: supporting children’s early childhood development and, therefore, their path to college and career. Their goals: increasing the number of children entering Kindergarten ready to succeed and reading on a college-ready pace by 3rd grade.

Fueled by data showing that students attending pre-K in the local elementary schools are more than twice as likely to enter “Kindergarten Ready” than those who do not, community partners in both feeder patterns have seized the opportunity to increase enrollment of eligible children in pre-K. The networks have mobilized to spread the word about Dallas ISD’s Pre-K Registration Week (April 6-11) by using their unique relationships to reach parents and raise awareness.

In South Oak Cliff, Dallas Community Fellowship, Inc., Kessler Heights Neighborhood Association, Free the Streets, and Our Black Family Magazine have promoted at community gatherings, while Empowering Oak Cliff and South Oak Cliff High School’s ServiceWorks Scholars are getting the word out by canvassing specific attendance zones. South Oak Cliff will wrap up registration efforts with a family-friendly PREP U event at South Oak Cliff High School on April 11 from 9am-1pm (click here for detailed flyer). A number of partners, including Big Thought, Momentous Institute, Texas Hunger Initiative, ChildCareGroup and Family Compass, will be joined by student performances, music and raffle prizes!

In Molina, AVANCE, The Concilio and Hispanic Families Network have partnered with three elementary schools to host outreach workshops to inform parents about pre-K and enlist them as ambassadors who can share with others. Meanwhile, students at “Trini” Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College plan to canvass local neighborhoods prior to registration week.

In future posts, we look forward to sharing the results of these partner efforts and the work underway in another key opportunity area: summer learning, where approximately 2 out of 3 incoming 1st-3rd grade students in these feeder patterns decrease reading proficiency or remain behind over the summer.

Want to learn more or contribute to these efforts? Please contact jonathan.feinstein@commit2dallas.org.