Special Initiatives for Underserved Students

While all our work aims to increase equitable access to an excellent education, we manage programs explicitly designed to serve children struggling with reading and children living in homelessness.

Literacy First

Research shows that a student’s academic performance at the end of first grade predicts with alarming accuracy that student’s performance in the ninth grade. Our Literacy First initiative provides daily, intensive, one-to-one tutoring for very young children in the Austin, Texas area. About 75% to 95% of children tutored by Literacy First tutors attain grade level in reading by the end of the year.

Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO)

Students living in homeless situations often struggle to attend—and succeed in—school. THEO, the Texas Homeless Education Office, works to ensure that all Texas children in homeless situations have the opportunity to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school. THEO provides technical assistance and support for about 1,000 homeless education liaisons across Texas and each year serves nearly 200,000 students.