Texas Instruments at Anderson ChildCareGroup Center

October 15, 2012

Volunteers from Texas Instruments visited our Anderson ChildCareGroup Center for a United Way Day of Caring!

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The children had fun doing puzzles, building sculptures with play dough, reading books, playing dress-up, practicing their shapes and much more. Everyone loved having volunteers from Texas Instruments at Anderson, and we hope to see them again soon!



FedEx at MLK and Landauer ChildCareGroup Centers

September 24, 2012


Take a look at this outstanding group!

We were thrilled to have 166 volunteers for the 2012 FedEx Cares Day at our Landauer and MLK early care and school readiness education centers, organized through our partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas! 

Jennifer Sampson, United Way CEO and President, and Tori Mannes, ChildCareGroup CEO and President welcomed volunteers.

The volunteers completed an incredible number of projects at both locations. We’ll let the numbers speak for themselves…

FedEx Cares Day in Dallas:

• 166 volunteers for 5 hours
• Two locations – MLK and Landauer ChildCareGroup Centers
• 105 degrees!

• Three rooms cleaned out, painted and put back together
• Two closets re-organized
• 90 minutes spent reading, making arts and crafts, singing and playing with nearly 150 preschoolers
• One overgrown playground transformed into real play space and 29 pounds of mulch hauled over and distributed
• One sandbox completely rebuilt
• Four new chalkboards built and painted
• All blinds were cleaned, repaired and/or installed in five classrooms 
• Three new kid-friendly picnic benches built
• 13 benches painted
• 150 sack lunches packed and delivered to the kids
• 400 glittery cards made and birthday bags stuffed to celebrate each child’s birthday throughout the year. These will be used at all six ChildCareGroup locations.

• Time spent reading, making arts and crafts, singing and playing in five classrooms with 90 children
• Two flowerbeds planted
• Five bathrooms cleaned
• All windows cleaned inside and out
• Countless limbs removed so the kids have a safe place to play
• Three banners made for school events

And the biggest number of all? For every hour of community volunteer service logged, CCG receives $14.18 in funding. The grand total in-kind donation that ChildCareGroup receives as result of this volunteer event = $11,620

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PricewaterhouseCoopers at MLK ChildCareGroup Center

August 31, 2012

Volunteers from PricewaterhouseCoopers participated in a United Way Day of Caring at ChildCareGroup’s MLK early care and school readiness education center. This hardworking group of interns took on huge projects, like shredding documents, building bookshelves for classrooms, cleaning classrooms and even building a new library for students.

MLK provides a safe, educational and therapeutic environment for at-risk children to stay during the day, while their parents work or attend school. Thanks to this group, it was ready for new students!

Their fearless leaders, Corey and Katie Edgar, made sure that all the projects were complete and even came back one week later to hang curtains in the new library. Wow! Thanks for going above and beyond to serve at-risk children in our community!

Library Before:


Library After:

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Texas Instruments at Landauer ChildCareGroup Center

August 29, 2012

Volunteers from Texas Instruments spent the morning at ChildCareGroup’s Landauer early care and school readiness education center.

This energetic group of summer campers from TI’s Young Adults camp deep cleaned the classrooms and playground in preparation for the fall semester. Their hard work saved our teachers countless hours!

Landauer provides a safe, educational and therapeutic environment for at-risk children to stay during the day, while their parents work or attend school. Thanks to this group, Landauer was squeaky clean just in time for our students to arrive!


Deloitte at UMC ChildCareGroup Center

August 10, 2012

Volunteers from Deloitte participated in a United Way Day of Caring at ChildCareGroup’s UMC early care and school readiness education center. This fun group of accountants spent the day in our classrooms playing with children, reading stories, doing arts and crafts and helping teachers with educational games.

UMC provides a safe, educational and therapeutic environment for at-risk children to stay during the day, while their parents work or attend school. 

By participating in these activities, volunteers play an important role in the children’s brain development, including the development of motor skills and the socialization process. Thanks for investing in the future generation of Dallas!


ChildCareGroup honored by United Way

January 31, 2012

ChildCareGroup was recently recognized by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas for exceptional contribution in 2011.

(From left to right, Betsy Edmondson, Tori Mannes, Lori Carey, Wendy Ogren and Gail Surles at the United Way awards presentation.)

Lori Carey, representing ChildCareGroup, received the “Top Speaker” award for the highest number of United Way presentations delivered, highlighting the impact of United Ways partnership on the at-risk children and families we serve.

Additionally, ChildCareGroup was recognized as an “Outstanding Supporter” for overall participation in “Days of Caring”, speaking engagements, facility tours and information fairs. CLICK HERE to view “Days of Caring” hosted at our Centers.

ChildCareGroup is proud to be a United Way service provider.

United Way Day of Caring: TI at Bock

January 25, 2012

A fantastic group from the HR Department at Texas Instruments visited our Bock Child Development Center for a United Way Day of Caring.

Everyone had a great time! The volunteers did snowman crafts with the children, read favorite books and sang silly songs (with hand motions, of course!).  Take a moment to watch the fun-filled slideshow below.

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Happy Holidays!

December 22, 2011

Here at ChildCareGroup, the holidays are definitely happy. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends in the community. Here are just a few examples…



Alliance Data officially adopted our Anderson Child Development Center and hosted a holiday party. CLICK HERE to view pictures. We are so thankful for companies who invest in our centers long-term. (Find out more about our Adopt-a-Center Program.)



Santa Claus made an appearance at our Landauer Child Development Center! Each child received a new stuffed animal, donated by Nationwide associates (distributed by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas), as well as adorable new pajamas donated by the Dallas Woman’s Forum.

The children were excited to see Santa!


Nap time with the new stuffed animals AND new pajamas.



Ernst & Young volunteers came to our Bock Child Development Center and did some much needed yard work. Thanks for making Bock a welcoming place this holiday season!

In addition, the Highland Park HiLite Group adopted each child and purchased gifts from their holiday wish lists.



Our MLK Child Development Center was thrilled to get a donation from Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP to purchase toys! A parent dressed as Santa Claus and passed them out to the children.

Children in Room 6 decided it was better to give this holiday season. They conducted a food drive and donated items to the S.M. Wright Foundation. What a sweet reminder that this season is about giving, rather than receiving!



 Parent participation is something we value and highly encourage at our child development centers. During the holidays at UMC, we had several outstanding parent volunteers. We cannot thank them enough!

Maria worked hard to collect toys for the children.

Mr. and Mrs. Murillo each contributed to the festivities. Elizabeth planned the holiday program and Sandro dressed as Santa Claus for the occasion!  



Thanks to some very generous groups, we were able to give a toy to every child at our Centers.

Dallas Academy Student Council

Motion Industries, Inc.

Rebel Rousers Dance Club 


Without the kindness of the people listed above, we could not have provided these special gifts and activities for our children.

Happy holidays from all of us at ChildCareGroup!

Ernst & Young: United Way Day of Caring

December 5, 2011

Ernst & Young volunteers from Dallas and Fort Worth visited our UMC Child Development Center today and assisted in some much needed cleaning!

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This fun group rolled up their sleeves and cleaned out a storage closet that had large items the center could no longer use such as cribs that are out of compliance with crib safety standards. We appreciate their help and could not have completed this project without them!


So much to be thankful for!

November 23, 2011

Tis the season of thanks. This blog is dedicated to recognizing the people who make our programs possible. We could not do it without you, and we would like to take a moment and share what we are thankful for.


We are thankful that…She is able to read and write!

Our Center Operations Program served 595 low income children through our six Head Start/Early Head Start Child Development Centers located throughout the Metroplex. We provided a quality early care and education program, medical and dental screenings, nutritious meals, mental health and special needs services at little or no cost to low income families.


We are thankful that…He is able to have healthy meals!

Our USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program served 990,914 meals to approximately 2,100 children in our centers and family child care homes in Dallas County, meeting two thirds of their nutritional requirements. 


We are thankful that…She is able to keep her job!

Our Child Care Assistance Program recruited, vetted and enlisted 14,123 families for the child care subsidy program. As a contractor for Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, we placed 27,215 children in care, allowing their parents to be gainfully employed or to begin an accredited training program. We were awarded the subsidy contract for Southeast Texas, enabling us to serve an additional 2,500 children monthly.


We are thankful that…They are able to receive training and safely care for children.

Our Community Education and Training Program taught 4,222 Dallas County early childhood professionals the best practices for early care and education by providing 23,997 contact hours of training. 


We are thankful that…They are able to prepare their daughter for school.

ChildCareGroup implemented several United Way funded initiatives. Born Learning enabled 80 parents to better prepare their children for entry into kindergarten. Disaster Preparedness qualified 341 providers to better respond to emergencies by offering them extensive training in disaster preparation. Funded by Citi, Small Business Success provided 28 hours of financial training to 78 child care business owners and operators. 


We are thankful that…He is able to locate child care for his daughter.

Our Resource and Referral Program provided 5,000 referrals to 536 families looking for child care; 21,539 families visited our online service, GetChildCareNOW.com, to gain access to information on locating and choosing a child care program.


Without your support, none of this would be possible.
Happy Thanksgiving from ChildCareGroup!