ChildCareGroup Now Accepting Applications

August 5, 2014


ChildCareGroup is now accepting applications for our high quality early education programs! Qualifying families, please contact the desired location.



An Early Head Start Program

Bock ChildCareGroup Center
407 W. Tenth Street
Dallas, TX 75208
Vanessa Maxey and Carmen Orozco
(214) 942-4300

ChildCareGroup at Bryan’s House
802 S. Beckly
Dallas, TX 75208
Nellie Nunez
(214) 941-4932

ChildCareGroup at Dallas Bethlehem Center
4410 Leeland
Dallas, TX 75215
Raymundo Salinas
(214) 943-6800


A Head Start Program

Anderson ChildCareGroup Center
625 E. Avenue B
Garland, TX 75040
Ernedith Tucciarone and Marilu Correa
(972) 276-6321

Bock ChildCareGroup Center
407 W. Tenth Street
Dallas, TX 75208
Vanessa Maxey and Carmen Orozco
(214) 942-4300

Landauer ChildCareGroup Center
4539 Munger Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
Esperanza Rodriguez and Abner Nieto-Luna
(214) 823-7273

MLK ChildCareGroup Center
2922 Martin Luther King Blvd. – Bldg. D
Dallas, TX 75215
Yolanda Elias and Okemah Barnett
(214) 670-8365


  • Family must meet current year income guidelines and show proof of income
  • Child must meet age requirements and be a Dallas county resident


  • Proof of income (Income Tax, SSI, TANF, Child Support or other requested by Family Advocate)
  • Current physical, dental exam and shot record prior to enrollment
  • Completed application form (located at the center)
  • Child’s birth certificate, social security card, health insurance
  • If child has been diagnosed as having a disability, submit a copy of professional evaluation or medical record identifying the disability

Child Care Assistance (CCA) also available

  • For information, please call 214-630-5949

Eat Buffalo Wild Wings® on April 8th! ChildCareGroup Receives 10%

April 2, 2014


4140 Lemmon Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
click here for directions

Help us kick off the Week of the Young Child with delicious food, and help raise money for ChildCareGroup!


On April 8th, Buffalo Wild Wings® will donate 10% of all pre-taxed food sales (less alcohol and promotional discounts) from any Guest that presents this fundraising ticket. (If you forget to print the ticket, be sure to let them know that you’re there to support ChildCareGroup!)




Thank you for supporting ChildCareGroup and the Week of the Young Child!

Your old stuff can help at-risk children: Schedule a pick-up today!

November 20, 2013

We’re excited to announce our new donation program! Through a partnership with National Recycling Solutions, ChildCareGroup is able to turn your gently-used items into cash to support our early childhood programs.

Here’s How you Can Help:


Your donation will be picked up (rain or shine) between 9:00 a.m. and dark. You do not need to be home.


Proceeds from donation sales will support the programs and services offered by ChildCareGroup, which touches the lives of more than 45,000 children each year.

Watch your mailbox for this postcard!
(click image to enlarge)


Other ways to get involved:
(Collection bins and promotional materials will be provided by NRS)

  • Host a donation drive at your office (one-time, monthly, quarterly, annually or for a holiday).
  • Bring gently used items to your volunteer projects at ChildCareGroup.
  • Host a metal collection bin at your office parking lot year-round.

For more information, please call (214) 905-3550.


Honoring the Profession 2013

June 3, 2013

ChildCareGroup and leaders in the early childhood development field came together to recognize Dallas-area early childhood professionals for their extraordinary talents and dedication.

The “Honoring the Profession” awards ceremony and dinner was held Wednesday, May 22nd at the Crowne Plaza Dallas-Market Center. The special evening’s theme was “Teachers Change the Future!” and was sponsored by IBM and Crowne Plaza Dallas-Market Center.

“It is our privilege to honor the individuals who are going above and beyond in the field of early childhood education,” said Tori Mannes, President and CEO of ChildCareGroup. “Each day they invest in our most valuable asset — our children — and together we are equipping the next generation in Dallas for success.”


ChildCareGroup’s Sonya Bemporad Excellence in Child Care Award was presented to Cheryl Middleton-Davis, of Martin Luther King ChildCareGroup Center.


ChildCareGroup’s Sonya Bemporad Excellence in Child Care Award was presented to Shavon Ransom, of Bock ChildCareGroup Center.


ChildCareGroup’s Elaine Krause Award was presented to Marriel Webb, owner/operator of Braswell Child Development Center, Braswell Kids Too, Kids Concepts Child Development Center and Joyful Noise.


ChildCareGroup’s Healthy Start, Healthy Children Award of Excellence was presented to Greenville Avenue Child Development Center, accepted by Raymond Hart.


DAEYC’s Alzenia Hunter Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Karen Trammell, of First Kids Richardson.


DAEYC’s Early Childhood Administrator of the Year Award was presented to Teri Budde, Director of First Kids Richardson.


DAEYC’s Margaret Cone Impact Award was presented to Felicia Bluitt.


DAEYC’s Pat Kennedy Teacher Educator Award was presented to Dr. Deborah Diffily, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Southern Methodist University.


DAEYC’s Early Childhood Trainer of the Year Award was presented to Linda Bardales, of Educational First Steps.


DAEYC’s Wanda Meshack Smith Advocate of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Richard Cinclair, Dean of Social Sciences and Human Services at Eastfield College.


DAEYC’s Academic Scholarship was presented to Myshundre T. Davis.


DAEYC’s Joanie Pieper TAEYC Conference Award was presented to Maria Roman, of Mi Escuelita Preschool.


Special thanks to our event Sponsors and Partners

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Bright Horizons
Child Care Licensing
Dallas AEYC
DCCCD-Eastfield College
Head Start of Greater Dallas
Mi Escuelita Preschool
Parker-Chase Preschool

ChildCareGroup has a new look!

May 22, 2013


ChildCareGroup’s mission is to promote, deliver and expand
the best early care and education programs
for children, parents and early childhood professionals.


As our community’s trusted source for the best early care and education programs for children, parents and early childhood providers, ChildCareGroup sought a new look that would encompass our strong history as well as our vision to lift two generations from poverty through quality early care and education.

We were pleased to be able to work with noted strategic marketing/branding firm MEplusYOU (formerly imc2) to help us bring forth our vision.

The alignment of our logo, mission and tagline exemplifies our belief and vision for our organization.  Our new logo combines the image of a book and an enthusiastic child, to represent an eagerness to learn and emphasizes that a life of achievement starts with early education. Our tagline, “Nurturing the great in every child,” references our belief that children learn best in the context of relationships, and that there is greatness and potential in every child.

Where we’ve been – 112 Years in Early Education
Community Chest_CMYKChildCareGroup was founded at the turn of the century by caring and civic-minded people concerned about the appalling conditions in which many poor children were living.  In 1901, three organizations, the Clara Chaison Free Kindergarten and Training School; the Free Kindergarten Association; and the Dallas Free Kindergarten and Industrial Association joined forces to create what is known today as ChildCareGroup, to provide day care and kindergarten for the children of the women who worked in Dallas’ cotton mills. By 1903, there were a total of 350 children enrolled in the consolidated Dallas Free Kindergarten and Industrial Association programs, with many more on waiting lists.

DSC_1652In 2012, ChildCareGroup touched the lives of nearly 46,000 children, parents, and early childhood providers in Dallas County alone.

We teach young children.

We train early childhood professionals.

We assist families.

Our agency has grown over the years to include comprehensive evidence-based programs and services for children, parents, and early childhood professionals.  We are excited about the future and look forward to sharing our journey with you.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission and programs!

Tori Mannes

Three Core Concepts in Early Development, by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

October 18, 2012

Thank you to the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University for developing this outstanding three-part video series, which depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.

Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation. 


1. Experiences Build Brain Architecture
(by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University)

“The basic architecture of the brain is constructed through a process that begins early in life and continues into adulthood.”

2. Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry
(by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University)

“One of the most essential experiences in shaping the architecture of the developing brain is “serve and return” interaction between children and significant adults in their lives.”

3. Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development
(by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University)

“Without caring adults to buffer children, the unrelenting stress caused by extreme poverty, neglect, abuse, or severe maternal depression can weaken the architecture of the developing brain, with long-term consequences for learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health.”


How ChildCareGroup Addresses these Early Development Needs:

Our early care and school readiness education programs at ChildCareGroup emphasize the importance of early learning. CCG classrooms operate at a lower teacher/student ratio to ensure that each child gets adequate interaction time. While in our classrooms, children remain with a constant caregiver up to three years, to develop a healthy relationship between the child, caregiver and parent. Volunteers also assist with cognitive and socialization skills, by reading to children and helping with educational activities in the classroom.

In addition, we work with parents to become highly involved partners in their child’s education. Our early literacy programs encourage parents to read with their children at home and assist their children with science projects and other early learning opportunities to develop their growing brains.

ChildCareGroup’s Donation Page: Get Up and Give! North Texas Giving Day!

September 13, 2012





Thank you for helping us touch the lives of more than 27,000 at-risk children in Dallas and Southeast Texas.

  • $25 will provide three new books for libraries in our early care and Kindergarten readiness education centers.
  • $60 will provide diapers for a month for an infant in our care.
  • $160 will provide one week of care and Kindergarten readiness education for a preschooler.
  • $250 will underwrite the 24 hours of continuing education training that caregivers must earn each year.


Get Up and Give! to ChildCareGroup on September 13

September 6, 2012

On September 13, 2012, from 7 a.m. to midnight, ChildCareGroup is participating in the “Get Up and Give! North Texas Giving Day”.

Every donation $25 and above will be matched if given to us through

It’s easy! Here’s what to do on September 13:
• Visit anytime between 7 a.m. and midnight
• Search for ChildCareGroup
• Click “Donate Now”
• Every donation $25 and above will be matched!

We need your help with spreading the word!
Will you please take a few minutes to invite 10 of your friends, family and coworkers to participate? Here is a sample email.

This is an exciting opportunity for ChildCareGroup to receive matching funds for programs that are critical to thousands of children and parents right here in Dallas, and we can’t do it without your help!

Where do the dollars go?  

  • $25 will provide three new books for libraries in our early care and Kindergarten readiness centers.
  • $6o will provide diapers for a month for an infant in our care.
  • $160 will provide one week of care and education for a preschooler, so they have a better chance to start Kindergarten ahead of their peers.
  • $250 will provide the 24 hours of continuing education training that caregivers must earn each year.

Thanks for your support!!!

URGENT: The Importance of Safety Procedures when Transporting Young Children

July 24, 2012

UPDATE FOR PARENTS: Join the Child Care Aware Parent Network for a webinar on Wednesday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m.! Disasters in cars happen quickly- the inside temperature of a car can rise 20 degrees within the first ten minutes! Learn some heatstroke prevention tips as we join Lorrie Walker and Kristie Reeves for an hour-long webinar on Transportation Safety Month. REGISTER NOW


The soaring Texas temperatures pose a deadly threat to children who are left in vehicles. This weekend we were given a heartbreaking reminder when a Dallas child lost his life after being left in a van following a field trip.

This tragic loss of life is preventable! On September 1, 2009 Senate Bill 572, or “Jacob’s Law,” went into effect, mandating two hours of transportation safety training annually for all child care employees who transport children under the age of 9. 

ChildCareGroup offers ongoing Transportation Safety Training to child care providers. For more information, visit our online training calendar, or CLICK HERE to register for our upcoming training on August 14.

In addition, ChildCareGroup has developed a two hour training DVD and a curriculum CD for providers to fulfill the requirements of this training mandate. Nationally recommended practices and basic safety information are incorporated into the training materials. For more information, CLICK HERE.


Important Transportation Safety Tips:
Providers, please take this opportunity to remind your staff of the basic things to remember when planning field trips and transporting children.

  • Before taking children on any trip away from the facility, prepare them for what will be happening. Talk about where they will be going, how they will get there, and what adults will be going with them.
  • Review safety information from the mandated Transportation Safety Training.
  • If it has been a while since the children have traveled anywhere, or if there are several new children to the group, it can help to have a practice for loading and unloading, and checking attendance to ensure that both children and adults know the routines.
  • Be sure to post any field trip information for parents 48 hours in advance. List the location, date, and estimated time of departure and return. Be sure that required permission forms are in place for each child, and a roster of children’s names is prepared ahead of time.
  • Take time to plan the route the vehicle will take to and from the site. Make sure there is a copy of this plan on file at the facility as well as a copy with the driver.
  • ALWAYS remember to have a procedure for checking children in and out of the vehicles. Search in the vehicle to ensure that no children are left, and do a head count before and after transporting children.

For more information about Transportation Safety Training, please CLICK HERE.

Brookhaven College and ChildCareGroup Work Together to Benefit Students

July 5, 2012

ChildCareGroup (CCG) is excited to partner with Brookhaven College, to mutually benefit the students in both programs.

Mark A. Meyer, Ph.D-Nursing, R.N., Dean of Brookhaven College, School of Nursing, contacted ChildCareGroup to inquire about openings for their nursing interns, and the rest is history!

From that conversation, the CCG Health Services Department worked with Brookhaven to develop a plan to meet the requirements of students in nursing school, while helping CCG provide the necessary screenings to students at our early care and school readiness education centers.

This valuable partnership will save CCG Health Specialist countless hours! In the past, these screenings were performed on approximately 120 children at each center by one Health Specialist. The screenings would typically take 45 days to complete. With a coordinated effort between the entire Health & Inclusion Specialist team, plus 18 interns, these screenings can be done in a matter of days.

Health Fairs have been held at Anderson, Landauer, Bock and MLK, where approximately 100 children were screened.  The interns assisted with the blood pressure, heights and weights, and blood tests.  They also provided mini-education presentations on hygiene, dental care and nutrition. The fairs were a huge success!

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Many thanks to the interns from Brookhaven College of Nursing, their supervisor, Crystal Gazda, and the Health and Inclusion staff.  A special thanks to the center managers, teachers, cooks and staff for their hospitality.

The Brookhaven interns who assisted with the fair are:

  • Group 1: Anderson and MLK
    Instructor:  Crystal Gazda
    Interns: Hyang Chu, Angela Davis, Amanda Foster, Shawna Goit, Julie Hernandez, Jonlyn Krein, Krystel Long, Heather Montgomery, Pattra Oupetch, Tiffany Schaeer,  
  • Group 2:  Landauer and Bock
    Instructor:  Crystal Gazda
    Interns: Lori Gallardo, Steven George, Karina Mota,  Riz Olivarez, Jana Perez, Shawn Simmons, George Vazahachira, Aurlyn Wygle. 

Thanks to Brookhaven College for helping us keep our children healthy!