Education is the foundation of all advancement in society and strong schools are the bedrock for a strong community. Investment opportunities in education range from early childhood education programs, K-12 and postsecondary education, as well as after school and summer learning programs. Whether investing in the education of under-privileged youth, funding scholarships of aspiring college students or donating to your own alma mater or your children’s schools, education is a strong passion of CFT fund holders.

Explore the tabs below to better understand the needs locally, or go directly to our Giving Guide to review current education funding requests. You may also want to visit our North Texas Giving Day website to canvas all local education groups, or read about recent education grants from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at CFT.

STEM Rocks!

A recent partnership between Lancaster Independent School District (LISD), The Texas Instruments Foundation and Educate Texas could transform the way schools across the country teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Read More about the $4.8 million partnership.

Early Childhood Education

There are more than 230,000 children under the age of five in the Dallas area. Early childhood education is offered by both publicly funded and private facilities. Locally, the ChildCareGroup administers early childhood education vouchers from the State for low-income families. In 2010, the organization placed more than 27,000 children in subsidized child care, which allows their parents to be employed or in training for employment. Another local organization, Educational First Steps, provides professional development and quality assessments for nearly 100 child care centers striving to be nationally-certified for quality care.

To learn about local early childhood education programs, click the links below:

  • Review projects in our Giving Guide
  • Learn how the Matthews Family is using a unique fundraising project to support the East Dallas Community School 

K-12 Education

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there are more than 570,000 students in grades K-12 in Dallas County. Approximately 70% of students attending public schools in Dallas County are economically disadvantaged.

In 2012, the Dallas Independent School District graduated 7,149 seniors -- the largest number since 1983 – with 74.6% graduating in four years. While the dropout rate is declining, still 43% of students in DISD drop out by the 9th grade. On average, a high school dropout will earn approximately $1 million less in their lifetime than a college graduate.

To learn about K-12 education locally, click the links below:

  • Review K-12 projects in our Giving Guide 
  • Learn about Educate Texas and its work to create early college high schools, STEM academies, teacher and school leader training, and other programs that increase college readiness, access and success for all students in Texas.
  • Learn about CFT’s Community Impact grants focused on professional development for teachers and principals serving at-risk middle school students. 

After School and Summer Learning

After school and summer learning programs provide a valuable supplement to the school day. North Texas is fortunate to have many excellent organizations that provide tutoring, mentoring and summer camp programs that offer a safe place where students can receive meaningful enrichment opportunities. However, approximately 100,000 Dallas County children age 5-13 remain unsupervised after school due to lack of access to high-quality, affordable programs. Locally, the Dallas AfterSchool Network is working to increase access and quality of after school programming. The organization provides professional development and training to more than 200 afterschool sites that collectively serve nearly 12,000 low-income K - 12th grade students.

To learn more about local after school and summer learning programs, click the links below:

Postsecondary Education

Our donors support local colleges and universities, as well as their alma maters across the country.  There are 14 four-year colleges in the North Texas area that collectively serve more than 100,000 students.  North Texas also offers extensive community college resources that collectively serve more than 150,000 full-time and continuing education students annually.  The Dallas County Community College District is the single largest destination for Dallas ISD graduates.  

To learn about higher education locally, click the links below:

  • Review current education needs in our Giving Guide 
  • Learn about how you can fund a scholarship through CFT 
  • Learn about the work that Educate Texas is doing through the TxCAN network and other programs that increase college readiness, access and success for all Texas students
  • Read about higher education grants funded by the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at CFT

Adult Education

In the City of Dallas, 28% of residents have less than a high school education.  An additional 22% have only a high school diploma and no postsecondary education.  In the greater Dallas area, 60% of adults ages 19-44, read below the high school level, with 49% reading below a fourth grade level.  There is a great need in our community for adult literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), and GED classes.  Volunteer-driven adult education programs are offered at a variety of nonprofit organizations, libraries, community centers and area churches.  

To learn about adult education locally, click the links below:

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