The Best Place for Kids!® is a public-private partnership rooted in the belief that education is about more than just academics – it’s about developing the whole child. Together with leaders from philanthropy, education, healthcare, business, nonprofit, and our local cities and counties, we are employing a whole-community approach to build a more connected and supportive local ecosystem that enables all students and families to thrive.
We strive to provide quality, affordable early learning and development opportunities for EVERY child, beginning at birth. 90% of brain development occurs by age 5 – and children that have access to quality early education experience higher high school graduation rates, better long-term health outcomes, and higher wages earned as adults. Early education is a key strategic lever for Tarrant County’s future.
We support families through a whole-community approach in our schools and neighborhoods, connecting families to a diverse array of community resources, parent information, events, and opportunities that are often free of cost or low-cost to parents and their children. Additionally, our working parents benefit from local businesses who are leading the way in family-friendly policies and practices.
Within Tarrant County, the Fort Worth business community has implemented research-backed policies that are proven to help families and build a more loyal, productive, and strong workforce. As the 13th largest city in the U.S., our community must innovate to attract and retain a competitive workforce. Though the Best Place for Working Parents® initiative, Fort Worth employers have seen the benefit of implementing family-friendly policies that are ALSO business-friendly. See our top 10 policies that benefit businesses’ bottom line.