Early Matters Dallas, a union of diverse area organizations, challenges area residents to advocate for early learning opportunities via work and social circles by spreading the word that Dallas County youngsters need more pre-school preparation.
Working with the premise that heightened publicity can raise overall public awareness of local education gaps and help the community strive for higher achievement within a generation’s time, the coalition first convened in 2015 in partnership with Early Matters Houston, founded one year earlier; and now generates regular education awareness initiatives.
The Dallas Regional Chamber stated that over half of new jobs statewide will necessitate postsecondary education in the future.
Early Matters Dallas and Early Matters Houston plan a joint mission to prepare for tomorrow’s regional workforce by investing in top pre-K programs. Currently 43 percent of kindergartners entering Dallas County schools are not learning-ready, leading to lower reading scores in third grade — and consequently shown to be four times more likely to drop out of high school than their better-prepared peers.
Early Matters constituents convened for a two-day summit in November to target readiness and reading issues and focus on fundraising strategies. Both the Dallas and Houston branches plan to liaise closely with the imminent 85th Texas Legislative Session to request extra financial backing.
Individuals can help by advocating for early learning within their professional and personal networks. Outreach can include inviting an Early Matters board member to speak; writing to local newspapers; volunteering; and learning more from the organization’s website at earlymattersdallas.org.