Important Updates From Children at Risk

Children at Risk
“If we truly hold family values dear, if we sincerely believe that children belong with their parents, and if freedom matters, we must end the zero-tolerance policy.”
-Yael Ross
Director, Center for New American Children
This April, CHILDREN AT RISK launched its Center for New American Children and Education (CNAC). New American Children include:
  • Documented children of documented parents
  • Documented children of undocumented parents
  • Undocumented children of undocumented parents (including Dreamers)
  • Documented children with no parents in the U.S. (Unaccompanied Minors)
Together, these groups equal more than 17 million children or 1 in 3 children in Texas. CNAC’s goal is to ensure that New American Children across Texas will have adequate support and sufficient tools to fully access a high-quality education.
View our recent press conference HERE. where we spoke out against family separation at the border, and visit the HOUSTON CHRONICLE for a full recap on our stance for children.
Photo: Sergio Flores / Bloomberg
2018 School Rankings
In May and June, CHILDREN AT RISK released our Annual School Rankings for the 13th straight year. This year, we ranked nearly 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools across the state and released the rankings in four cities – Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas. Each year, these rankings help parents, educators, and community members understand how their schools are performing and spark dialogue on the quality of public education across Texas.
Visit to search your school’s ranking and access the regional presentations showing the latest trends in education across Texas.
On June 20th, CHILDREN AT RISK wrapped up its second Texas Tour of 2018. Texas Tours take place 2-3 times per year and convene early childhood experts, practitioners, and other key stakeholders in nine cities across the state to:
  • Discuss research and policies, and
  • Build a coalition of advocates pushing for improved quality in child care and pre-k settings.
This summer’s Texas Tour brought together nearly 130 people across the state to discuss key trends and to gather feedback on potential policy priorities for the upcoming 86th Texas Legislative Session in 2019.
The early education team will be hitting the road again this fall to finalize our policy priorities and to strategize about how this statewide network can jointly engage to improve quality. The Texas Workforce Commission, which manages our publicly-funded child care system, recently ANNOUNCED that it is investing in meaningful efforts to improve the quality of Texas’s child care system.
We are celebrating the relaunch of, a one-stop-shop for all your parenting needs! Through this website, parents have access to not only evidence-based resources for meeting their children’s needs at any age, but also the ability to find parenting support sessions near them! It is crucial for parents to know that they have an easily-accessible collection of information to help guide them through the journey of parenting.
“Love the [information] on health and nutrition as well as developmental stages. The trauma link really stood out to me – as we recently experienced a death of a loved one. I think it’s good to provide resources for the “tough stuff” that comes along, as you have already done.”
– Leslie Wenzl Ottemann, User
CHILDREN AT RISK was invited to speak at the Annual Conference of the Texas Association of School Nutrition. This conference brings together child nutrition professionals from across the state to learn about new programs, best practices, and taste test food products. We are grateful for the opportunity to present our research and data with representatives from Dairy MAX and the Texas Association of School Boards to more than 60 school nutrition leaders.
Help save FOSTA-SESTA!
FOSTA-SESTA, is a hard- won triumph that may be in jeopardy.
Internet industry groups are asking the U.S. Trade Representative to include immunity for internet platforms in the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) amendments.
If these changes are incorporated into NAFTA, the trade agreement could potentially be used to override FOSTA-SESTA, meaning once again minor victims will be openly bought and sold on the internet.
In April 2018, Congress passed FOSTA-SESTA (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act – Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act) to permit the civil and criminal prosecution of internet platforms that knowingly assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking. This was a huge victory for trafficked persons and greatly hindered pimps’ ability to “market” their victims.
Please consider contacting the U.S. Trade Representative and tell him that you oppose using NAFTA to override FOSTA-SESTA.
Include Subject Line: No safe harbor for sex traffickers in NAFTA!
By Phone:
By Mail:
The Honorable Robert Lighthizer
U.S. Trade Representative
Executive Office of the President
600 17th Street, NW
Sarah N.
Parenting Intern
“I chose CHILDREN AT RISK because I wanted to do something meaningful with my summer and relevant to my Social Work major. I am currently working on research for the Center for Parenting and Family Well-being and the Texas School Guide”.
Lauren B.
CSME Intern
“I like working at CHILDREN AT RISK because the staff is fun to work with and very passionate about their work. I have worked on research and the state of education in Texas. I have also improved my writing skills while working on the Growing Up in Houston publication”.
Jasmine A.
Parenting Intern 
“I enjoy working here because I get to see how effective research and is to the organization and partnering. I like the diversity of my fellow interns and the site visits”.
 Click HERE to learn more about our 2018 Summer Interns.
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Thank you to our current 2018 Champions for Children!
Erich Almonte
Jesse Ballou
Donna Bass
Erich Canseco
Maricela Carrera
Cinthya Castaneda
Kavita Desai
Paul Dewey
Nancy Edgar
Anne Garcia
Barbara Gill
Lance Gilliam
Frieda Hale
Theresa Hildreth
George Hittner
Pam Humphrey
Charanya & Vishwas Iyengar
Devika Kornbacher
Mandi Kimball
Karen Labat
Andrew Lee
David Malicki
Laurin Marlow
Katie Martinez
John McAdam
Dr. Katie McConnell
Jeff McGee
Bonnie Moore
Latoyia Pierce
Todd Ranta
Dr. Bob Sanborn
Carol Scalf
Clifford Shedd
Myron Steves
Jennifer Sudkamp
Lemonyae Watkins
Chris Watt
Frazier Wilson
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