The Dallas Foundation has a long history, and as we've matured, we've developed a special concern for the very young.

In 2006, The Dallas Foundation's Board of Governors designated quality early learning and well-being as a key priority. Since then, we have been committed to supporting agencies that promote the social, educational and emotional health of young children.

Early Matters Dallas

Early Matters Dallas is a broad-based coalition working together to raise awareness about the importance of high-quality early learning for a strong economy tomorrow and to make a strong case for increased investment in this critical, high return-on-investment area. It also represents a robust partnership with Early Matters Houston to align on data, advocacy and additional efforts to support the population of the more than one in four children in Texas that our two regions collectively represent.

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Zero-to-Five in Bachman Lake

The Dallas Foundation is one of the original founders of the Zero-to-Five Funders Collaborative. Established in 2006, the program works to ensure that children in low-income neighborhoods are physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually ready for school by age five.

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The Nurse Family Partnership

The Dallas Foundation is also responsible for bringing the Nurse Family Partnership program to Dallas in 2006. This program provides help for first-time moms, giving them valuable knowledge to help them better the lives of their children.

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Texas Education Grantmakers Consortium (The Consortium)

The Dallas Foundation is an active participant in the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (The Consortium), which serves as a unifying voice of education grantmakers from across Texas in support of public education.

The Consortium provides objective data to policy makers, mobilizes foundation trustees from across the state to communicate directly with policymakers and the public and pools funds to provide grants to effective education advocacy and policy groups across the state.

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