Network Members

Annamarie Alberts – Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Carol Allen – Whitehouse Independent School District
Connie Barnes – Tyler Independent School District
Gloria Bell – Early Childhood Expert (Leadership Council Member)
Pam Borel – Education Service Center Region 7
Camille Brown – Stepping Stone School
Octavia Brown – Texas College
Jackie Cannon – Smith County Champions for Children (Leadership Council Member)
Carla Curtis – Tyler Junior College
Lisa Gardner – United Way of Smith County
Laurie Greathouse – Tyler Independent School District
Ann Valdez Haines – Workforce Solutions East Texas
Michelle Hurst – Bullard Independent School District
Sandi Jones – Whitehouse Independent School District
Wendy Kaufman – Arp Independent School District
Darlene Marshall – Mentoring Alliance
Stacy Miles – Tyler Independent School District
Helyn Morris – Chapel Hill Independent School District
Sherilyn Oliver – Department of Family Protective Services
Brenda Orbaugh – Tyler Independent School District
Valencia Ray – Whitehouse Independent School District
Robyn Renick – Chapel Hill Independent School District
Cindy Sherman – The University of Texas at Tyler
Lynn Sitton – Tyler Junior College
Cassidy Smith – Winona Independent School District
Astilma Vargas – Ninõs de Promesa
​Lisa Williams – Bullard Independent School District

Focus Areas | Kindergarten Readiness

Did you know that 90% of brain development occurs during ages 0-5? National studies show that children exposed to high quality early childhood education are 40% less likely to need special education or be held back a grade. They are also 70% less likely to commit a violent crime by age 18. The Kindergarten Readiness Community Action Network has evaluated the current environment of early childhood education in our county by conducting surveys and gathering publicly available data. Smith County Head Start programs, state or district funded pre-kindergarten programs and private early childhood centers, excluding PK-12 private schools, are all included in the analysis.

Please watch our Kindergarten Readiness Checklist Video (English Version, 2 minutes). Please visit our YouTube Channel for more versions, including Spanish!

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