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Children at Risk
Quarterly News & Updates
June 2019
School Rankings Release
This month CHILDREN AT RISK released the 13th edition of its annual School Rankings, ranking more than 8,000 public schools statewide across three indices: student achievement, campus performance relative to campuses with similar levels of economic disadvantage in their student bodies, and student growth. High schools are also assessed on a fourth index, college readiness. The School Rankings serve as an important reflection of how well our schools are serving our students, and provide a valuable resource for teachers, administrators, parents, and other stakeholders. CHILDREN AT RISK has seen growth around Texas in the performance of its public schools in recent years, but more work can be done.
Shared Services
Did you know that child care programs (commonly known as “day care”) in Texas are often plagued by high staff turnover, difficulty meeting high quality standards, and high operation costs? This is all despite the fact that parents often pay 10-50% of their income for care for their children who are too young for the free public school system. To address these complex issues, CHILDREN AT RISK’s Early Childhood Education Team announced the launch of 3 Shared Services Alliances—in Amarillo, San Antonio, and Central Texas—with the support of local partners, the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
Gold Ribbon Schools
To understand school quality, each year CHILDREN AT RISK ranks and grades schools across Texas. We celebrate schools that excel academically; Gold Ribbon Schools are an example of these campuses that outperform their peers. A Gold Ribbon School is a campus where at least 75% of their students are low-income and receives an A or B in our annual school rankings. On April 26th CHILDREN AT RISK released Building Gold Ribbon Schools: A Blueprint for Success in High-Poverty Schools at Houston’s top Gold Ribbon School, Field Elementary which identifies best practices implemented by schools to become high performing.
Summer Resource Fair
The Center on Family and Parenting Well-Being hosted a Summer Resource Fair in partnership with Fort Bend ISD and Hewlett Packard. Families were able to sign up for health insurance, the FBISD Summer Nutrition program and learn about summer enrichment opportunities with the Boys and Girls Club, language camps and more. As part of their 40 Days of Giving, HP set up a Tech Zone with coding games, Virtual Reality and microscopes so kids could examine motherboards and circuits up close. HP also generously donated raffle prizes including laptop computers and HP Sprocket photo printers.
Stopping Traffic Around The World
Join CHILDREN AT RISK as we embark on a seven-city journey around the world to raise human trafficking awareness, in partnership with makers of the award-winning documentary – Stopping Traffic.
Participants will have the opportunity to impact survivors of human trafficking around the world. The trip will consist of three legs, and air, hotel, and transportation will all be arranged. The group will visit with service providers, survivors, and local experts in each of the seven cities, with enough time to also catch local attractions.
For more information and pricing details, contact Caroline Roberts
A $500 deposit will be required by June 30 to secure a spot on the trip.
Univision Partnership
CHILDREN AT RISK partnered with Univision to create informative videos for parents. In this video, Dr. Daniela Ovadia explains the importance of vaccines and reassures parents that they do not have any harmful effects. Watch the video on Univision’s website!
Three high school students created an app, SAY Houston to record the stories of K-12 students impacted by Hurricane Harvey. CHILDREN AT RISK has partnered with these students to disseminate the app by encouraging students to download the app, take the survey, and share their experience during Hurricane Harvey. The information will then be used to track trends in the stories and surveys to obtain a better understanding of how Harvey impacted children in Texas. Please share this app with any student who was in Texas during Hurricane Harvey! 
Hurricane Harvey Summit
CHILDREN AT RISK will be releasing its report, Texas Continues to Recover: Two Years After Harvey on July 30 at United Way of Greater Houston. Join us to hear about our progress since Hurricane Harvey and how we can continue on our road to recovery.
The guest speakers will be Representative Armando Walle from District 140; the City of Houston’s Chief Recovery Officer, Stephen Costello; the Principal of Gold-Ribbon School Frazier Elementary, Wendy Wiseburn; and the creators of the S.A.Y. Houston App, The Gamechangers.
Free Summer Meals
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is sponsoring healthy free summer meals for kids 18 years old or younger. For more information about the program and how to enroll, visit their website.
Texas School Food Rankings
CHILDREN AT RISK announced its’ Texas School Food Rankings at a press conference on March 20, 2019. The rankings analysis evaluates how districts across Texas provide meals to low-income school children by focusing on meal participation rates and after-school meal programs offered in each district. The Texas School Food Rankings recognize the schools that are doing an excellent job at ensuring Texas’ students are getting nutritious meals throughout the day. The top school district in the state was Donna ISD, the top school district in the large district category was San Antonio ISD, and the top school district in the middle income category was Lubbock ISD.
A huge welcome to our new board members!
Deborah C. Gordon is Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Legal Officer for Memorial Hermann Health System. She is responsible for strategy, legal, compliance, internal audit, risk, human resources, government affairs, real estate, marketing, communications, public relations, community benefits, and privacy. Ms. Gordon has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare. She has a solid track record of building high-performing teams, managing through change, and using influence to achieve positive financial and operational results. Ms. Gordon holds a Masters in Business Administration from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, Illinois and a Juris Doctorate from University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, Illinois. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy from University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois. She is admitted to the Illinois and Texas Bar Associations. Ms. Gordon participates in the Texas Hospital Association’s Council on Policy Development.Ms. Gordon was recently recognized by the Houston Business Journal as a “Woman Who Means Business”.
Doe Florsheim has been a Board Member, Participant Mentor, and Volunteer for the Foundation for Teen Health since 2013. Florsheim has also served on the executive board for the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership for 6 years. She is currently the President of the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership and is the only person to have ever been elected to two terms. Along with these two positions, she is a volunteer for Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast. Florsheim has experience working with Houston non-profit organizations for over 20 years, and she is excited to contribute to CHILDREN AT RISK’s mission to accomplish the public policy changes needed to ensure the well-being of all children in Texas. Florsheim earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The University of Texas.
2019 Accolades Luncheon
The Academy Awards of Child Advocacy Nominations
Nominations are now open! Join us in celebrating the contributions and achievements of individuals and organizations people who improve the quality of life for Texas children through advocacy and direct services.
The categories are:
Rising Star in Child Advocacy
Community leaders under 40 working on behalf of children.
Child Health Advocate of the Year
Exceptional leader in the Health field.
Outstanding New Child-Focused Non-Profit / Non-Profit Program
Outstanding new non-profit or non-profit program in the last year.
Innovation in the Field of Child Advocacy
Organization with an outstanding out-of-the-box initiative to support children.
Outstanding Child Focused Non-Profit / Non-Profit Program
Outstanding non-profit or non-profit program in the last year.
Maconda Brown O’Connor Legacy Distinguished Advocate in the Field
Outstanding individual child advocate of the year.
Outstanding Youth in Child Advocacy
Outstanding individual student leader of the year.
Education Advocate of the Year
Exceptional educator or community leader in Education.
For more information email Alyssa Purcell,
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