About the Center Project
Every child in Austin deserves access to high-quality, accredited early care and education. The Center Project
is building the quantity and quality of child care in our community.
The first five years of a child’s life are a developmentally critical period when 90 percent of all brain development occurs. What happens in these early years has a lasting impact from kindergarten readiness to third-grade reading scores to high school graduation and beyond. Our community-wide Success By 6 School Readiness Action Plan identifies access to high-quality early care and education as a key strategy in ensuring all children in our community enter kindergarten happy, healthy and prepared to succeed in school and life. To achieve the goal of increasing the supply of high-quality care accessible for children from families with low income, United Way partners with a select group of early childhood education centers that strive to provide high-quality care, are dedicated to serving children at-risk and are open to innovation and leadership in the early childhood sector.
United Way works directly with centers that serve children from families with low income and are seeking accreditation or to increase their TRS rating, while also advocating for policy changes that will allow centers to more easily achieve high-quality standards and for increases to the state Child Care Subsidy program to account for the true costs of high-quality care.
United Way Funded Partners
Nonprofit, N.A.E.Y.C accredited centers serving children from low-income families through child care subsidies.
- Mainspring Schools
- Open Door Preschools
- St. George’s Episcopal School
- Trinity Child Development Center
Center Project Partners
Licensed child care centers with a Texas Rising Star 4 Star Accreditation or Head Start Program that serve children who are vulnerable.
- Bright Beginnings
- Cadence Academy
- Del Valle CDC – Child Inc.
- Dove Springs CDC- Child Inc.
- Ebenezer CDC
- Forbes CDC- Child Inc.
- Generations I CDC
- Jeremiah Program
- KinderCare Emerald Wood
- Little Folks Bilingual CDC
- James CDC- Child Inc.
- Sweet Briar CDC- Sandra Lane
Center Project Network Members
Provide formal early care and education programs and are seeking to meet
high-quality standards and serve children who are vulnerable.
- Austin Recovery Family House Childcare Center
- El Buen Pastor Early CDC
- Goodwill Explorations Center
- Reggio Emilia Preschool Academy
- Sweet Briar CDC – Woodway Village
- Todos Juntos
To learn more about The Center Project or to determine if your center is eligible to participate in the program, contact Cathy McHorse,
Vice President of Success By 6, at Cathy.McHorse@uwatx.org.