Early Childhood Coalition

Early Interactive Experiences Lay The Foundation

Early interactive experiences – like peekaboo, reading books, and singing – lay a solid foundation. When children miss out on quality early learning experiences, we all miss out on the benefits of children who are ready to learn and achieve.
By supporting policies and programs that help all kids get off to a healthy start, we build a thriving Bastrop County.

The Coalition works to ensure all young children are safe, healthy, and ready for school. We are a group of providers, policymakers, government leaders, experts, parents, and philanthropists supported by Bastrop County Cares, that provides backbone support. Our common vision is that “ALL families in Bastrop County are connected to their community and providing a safe, healthy, and school–ready environment for their children.” The coalition uses local indicators to track progress over time through Results-Based Accountability (RBA).
Today’s children determine tomorrow’s future. When we ensure that all children in Bastrop County get off to a strong start, we ensure that Bastrop County will thrive in the future. The architecture of the developing brain is established in the earliest stages of life. Early interactive experiences –  like peekaboo, reading books, and singing  – lay a solid foundation.
When children miss out on quality early learning experiences, we all miss out on the benefits of children who are ready to learn and achieve.
Everyone can help build healthy brains in small ways, like turning “wait time” in line to “talk time” that engages young children. On a deeper level, we all have a role in supporting policies and programs that help Bastrop County kids get off to a healthy start. Our community must ensure that:
All people who care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers foster early brain development 
Every family with young children has access to: 
-high-quality early learning opportunities
-access to the health care
-a social support network

The resources we devote to early childhood make a long-term difference because the early years lay the foundation for all the learning and development that follows. By investing early, we can build a thriving Bastrop County.

Everyone Can Play a Part in Building Healthy Brains

If you are a philanthropist:
Consider opportunities to seed innovation; build capacity to research, pilot and scale programs; improve systems to enhance coordination; and connect our Coalition to resources to make this happen. With your help we can make sure more children are safe, healthy, and school ready. 

If you’re a parent community member:
Play every day. Research confirms that children learn better when adults talk, sing, and read with them daily. Support early learning through positive, engaging, fun interactions with the children in your life. Get parenting tools and techniques appropriate to your child’s age by signing up for Bright by Text – just text SMARTATX to 274448 to begin receiving parenting tips and local resources in English or Spanish.

If you’re a service provider:
Join the Early Childhood Coalition. Collaborate, innovate, and empower the family voice. Aim for access, equity and quality. Together we can make a meaningful, systemic, and sustainable impact on our children, our families, and the community we serve.

If you’re a business leader:
High-quality early learning can transform the economic trajectory of our region. Investing in early education is an investment in the workforce of today AND the workforce of tomorrow. Take our Brain Builders Pledge to invest in early learning, influence public policy, create family-friendly workplaces, and advance innovation.

Impact of Our Work

  • 2 playgrounds were built in underserved communities (Stony Point and McDade)
  • Over 700 babies have seen by Family Connects Home Visiting Program
  • The Parents as Teachers program was launched (Add # to this) 
  • Central Family Services (HeadStart) and Bastrop ISD partnership and collaboration to serve 0-3 year olds at three campuses