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:

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

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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.

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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.

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Remember ChildCareGroup on North Texas Giving Day: Thursday, September 19

September 19, 2013

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7:00 a.m. – midnight
Donations of $25+ will be matched.

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National research shows a $7 return on investment
for every
$1 spent on quality early childhood education.
Your investment goes further at ChildCareGroup!

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

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Brookhaven College and Dallas Filipino Lions Club at ChildCareGroup

September 11, 2013

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Children in ChildCareGroup’s early care and education programs are getting a healthy start, with the help of volunteers from Brookhaven College and and Dallas Filipino Lions Club!

At the beginning of each school year, ChildCareGroup provides health screenings to all of the 3-5 year old children who attend our Center Programs. We screen heights, weights, blood pressure, hemoglobin, hearing and vision.

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For the second year, we are excited to partner with the Brookhaven College Nursing Program, who not only assisted with the screenings but also provided entertaining educational presentations to the children.

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Thank you to Crystal Garzda, Tracey Hobbs and Joyce Swegle, the nursing faculty, and more than 30 nursing students for volunteering their time and nursing skills!

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This year, for the first time, we are excited to partner with Dallas Filipino Lions Club Foundation, who provided the free vision screenings for our children using a new breakthrough vision screening device called ‘SPOT’ by Pediavision. SPOT can assess a child’s vision with unmatched speed, accuracy and deliver immediate comprehensive results.

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Thank you to Vinod and Gloria Mathur, Fred Henkel and Maria Theresa Cruz for volunteering your time and expertise!


ChildCareGroup’s Lori Carey honored at United Way Volunteer Luncheon

June 19, 2013

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Lori Carey, Community Engagement Manager at ChildCareGroup, received the Advocate Volunteer Award, which honors a volunteer who lends a voice to community issues and engages others in United Way’s work.

Carey relentlessly hits the campaign trail with United Way staff, sharing compelling stories about how every donation impacts the community and changes lives in North Texas forever. For several years, she has been the most prolific United Way service provider volunteer at speaking engagements.

“I talk about how we work with our clients and how the United 2020 community goals fall within what we do,” she said. “I tell them stories of what goes on during a day for us, how we serve our clients and how we could not do that without the support of United Way.”

Carey also welcomes United Way volunteers at ChildCareGroup. She feels rewarded every time she glances out the window and sees a young client interacting with a volunteer.

“A lot of our kids don’t have a male figure in their lives,” Carey says. “I might see one of our kids running around with one of our guy volunteers, acting silly together. That makes me really happy.”

To read the full story…

CONGRATULATIONS LORI!
We are so proud of you and this much-deserved honor.


Eres School at ChildCareGroup

June 18, 2013

The Eres School for adults in Carrollton generously donated new toys for the children at Landauer ChildCareGroup Center!

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Students from the Eres School participate in human development and leadership programs to grow as individuals and increase their service to the community. As part of their course service project, the Eres School participants collected toys for students at our Landauer ChildCareGroup Center and learned about ChildCareGroup’s early childhood programs in the community.

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Thank you, Eres School, for supporting ChildCareGroup with your leadership, service, and donations. Come back again soon!


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.”

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Special thanks to our event Sponsors and Partners

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ChildCareGroup has a new look!

May 22, 2013

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

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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.

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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
CEO/President


Save the Date: 10th Annual Summer Sizzler Provider Training Conference

May 16, 2013

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REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL
To be placed on the waiting list, please contact Cecelia Carriere, ccarriere@ccgroup.org.

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ChildCareGroup is happy to announce the 10th Annual Summer Sizzler Provider Training Conference, which covers the latest hot topics in early childhood education.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Registration & Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
Sessions: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hampton Inn & Suites at Rodeo Center
1700 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, Texas 75149
Click here for directions

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We’re Going Green! Registration will be available online only

Early-Bird Registration: $45
June 3 – June 21
Regular Registration: $55
June 21 – July 26 (or until full)

Includes breakfast, lunch and 7 clock hours of training.
Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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ABOUT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Photo - Marcia Tate - 2011-Preferred_for emailMarcia L. Tate, Ed. D. is the former Executive Director of Professional Development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia.  During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development director.  She received the 2001 Distinguished Staff Developer Award for the State of Georgia and her department was chosen to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.  Marcia received her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College; Master’s degree from the University of Michigan; specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University; and her doctorate in education from Clark Atlanta University.

Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has taught over 350,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world.  She is the author of the following five best-sellers: (1) Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain, (2) Sit & Get Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain – (Second Edition), (3) Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies That Engage the Brain; and (4) Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques for Managing a Brain-compatible Classroom; and (5) Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites – 20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain; and her latest books, Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain, Preparing Children for Success in School and Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power, and Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain.  Participants in her workshops refer to them as the best ones they have ever experienced since Marcia uses the 20 strategies outlined in her books to actively engage her audiences.

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This conference is made possible by:
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Join the Texas School Ready! Project

May 2, 2013

As the lead agency for the Texas School Ready (TSR)! grant in Dallas, ChildCareGroup is now recruiting child care centers to join the 2013-2015 grant cycle.

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What is the Texas School Ready! grant?
The TSR! project delivers an effective, high quality early childhood approach for at-risk preschool-aged children at no cost to the participating classrooms. Find out more by watching this video!

For qualifying classrooms, this model provides:

      • Classroom Start-Up Kit, which provides classroom materials to help teachers effectively organize and manage their classroom.
      • CIRCLE Teacher Manual, which includes a variety of language, literacy and math rich activities for implementation in classroom.
      • Professional Development through a 2-day kick-off training event and an in-depth course which meets throughout the year.
      • Incentive pay for successfully meeting the goals of the project.
      • Mentoring from a highly trained early childhood professional.
      • State-adopted Pre-K Curriculum materials

Join Today!
If you are interested in learning more, contact Mary Ellen Douglas, Mary.E.Douglas@uth.tmc.edu.


ChildCareGroup Administrative Offices are Moving! Effective April 22, 2013

April 8, 2013

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We’re excited to take this step to better serve the families and children in our care. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our new administrative offices will be located at:

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1420 W. Mockingbird Lane
Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75247

All phone numbers will remain the same.
CCG Main Office:
214-630-7911
Child Care Assistance:
214-630-5949

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