United Way of Southern Cameron County has always played a vital role as a community mobilizer. Because of the relationships with the public and private sectors of the community, United Way is uniquely positioned to bring about change and has a history of engaging community stakeholders in sharing ideas, expertise and solving problems. For over 11 years, United Way has played a key role in early education in the community. United Way has worked with various stakeholders to ensure a quality rated child care system is in place, full day pre-k is available and families have access to concrete resources. At the state level, United Way, the City of Brownsville, Workforce Solutions Cameron, BISD, the University of Texas at Brownsville and other organizations partnered and advocated to have Brownsville be a pilot site for the Texas School Ready! Program that now has over 180 certified, quality early childhood classrooms and teachers in the community.
Nine months ago, United Way of Southern Cameron County embarked on a campaign to build community awareness about the importance of high-quality early childhood education and now on 3rd grade math and reading proficiencies as its role in creating the workforce of the future through the Early Childhood Education Taskforce and the Texas Community Campaign for School Readiness. The coalition will play a key role in interpreting the EDI data and developing a community response to the needs identified by the study from school readiness through 3rd grade achievement and communicates the findings and strategic plan with the Partners for Postsecondary Success. Brownsville will also be applying for a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant as part of this collaborative plan because we are dedicated to ensuring achievement from birth through postsecondary success. New partners will be recruited to represent additional stakeholder groups as they are identified.
The Early Childhood Leadership Team tasked with birth through 3rd grade achievement includes but is not limited to participants from the following organizations:
United Way of Southern Cameron County, Brownsville Independent School District, Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District, Point Isabel Independent School District, IDEA Public Schools, the City of Brownsville, the City of Port Isabel, the City of Los Fresnos, Workforce Solutions Cameron, Cameron County, Southwest Key Alliance (CCMS), Licensing, Cameron County, Teaching and Mentoring Communities, NINOS Head Start, AVANCE, Promotoras, the University of Texas at Brownsville, local child care facility owners/directors, parents, public/private business owners.