The Molina Early Literacy Network, representing 3,300 students, hit a new turning point on October 28 as principals representing the entire feeder pattern—all five elementary schools, the neighborhood middle school, and two high schools—came together with community and business leaders representing more than 20 organizations at Catholic Charities’ Santa Clara Regional Community Center.

The group used local data—on pre-K access, Kindergarten Readiness, early literacy, and parent needs—to identify barriers and surface potential community solutions.

Two key themes emerged from the discussion:

  • With data demonstrating that nearly one out of five incoming Molina 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders experienced significant summer learning loss in reading, the desire emerged to coordinate efforts for quality afterschool and summer programming
  • Informed by data showing that a high majority of ~2,000 Molina elementary parents surveyed indicated they would like more support in helping their children learn, the group focused on parent engagement as an area for collective action

Motivated to act, the Molina Network will move forward by identifying additional existing resources it might leverage, inviting additional stakeholders to join the group (especially neighborhood groups, faith-based organizations, businesses and parents) and convening again in January to action plan.

Thanks to the organizations below represented at the first meeting of Molina Community Partners:

  • All Stars Project
  • Big Thought
  • Carter Financial Management
  • Catch Up and Read
  • Catholic Charities
  • Children’s Medical Center
  • CitySquare
  • Crow Holdings
  • Dallas ISD
  • Dallas Public Library
  • Family Wellness Dallas
  • IBM
  • Jiv Daya Foundation
  • KIPP
  • Leadership ISD
  • Literacy Instruction For Texas (LIFT)
  • Momentous Institute
  • Open Door Consulting
  • Teach For America
  • The Concilio
  • TutorMate
  • University of Dallas

To learn more and get involved, please reach out to Andy Canales, Director of Literacy Initiatives and Partnerships, at andy.canales@commit2dallas.org.