What is College Bond from Birth? Why is GKA Participating in It?


As a Giraffe Kids Academy we are working with Collaborative for Children.  In College Bound from Birth neighborhoods identified by Collaborative for Children, the program offers services within three-to-five selected child care centers as well as within the greater neighborhood community. The program is based on a model in which building the capabilities of caregivers leads to improved outcomes for children. You can learn more about this theory in the video at right, “Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change” from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.

By providing quality professional development to teachers backed by their directors’ support, College Bound from Birth aims to:

  • Improve the quality of the classroom environments as measured by the Environment Rating Scales
  • Close the gap toward kindergarten readiness as measured by the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, the Woodcock-Johnson Applied Problems scale and the Woodcock-Johnson Letter-Word Identification scale
  • Improve the quality of the selected College Bound from Birth centers to achieve three-star or four-star Texas Rising Star certification

The College Bound from Birth program offers the following direct support to parents within selected child care centers:

  • Family Kick-off event
  • Family Resource Night, including an introduction to the parenting app 
  • Parent Activity Nights
  • Parent Resource Library
  • Parents as Partners to the Center Sessions 
  • Direct parent consultations

The goal of providing these services and resources is to deepen parents’ engagement in their role as their child’s first teacher and as a partner to the center as measured by parent attendance and self-report questionnaires.