Taylor Sheridan Celebrates North TX Child Care Organization

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Taylor Sheridan, director and filmmaker, was one of the guest speakers at a luncheon for a North Texas nonprofit focused on early childhood education.

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Investors, community members and celebrity advocates Nicole and Taylor Sheridan gathered in Fort Worth Thursday to discuss the importance of child care and recognize local leaders who have supported the sector in recent years.

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and Commissioner Roy C. Brooks received early childhood leadership awards, as well as an organizational award for the PNC Bank.

“We are honored to stand with Mayor (Mattie) Parker in supporting Child Care Associates and its critical work investing in children, families and the future of Fort Worth,” Nicole and Taylor Sheridan said in a written statement ahead of the ceremony, which was followed by a luncheon.

Taylor Sheridan, known for starring in ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and co-creating popular Paramount Network TV drama ‘Yellowstone’ and related shows like ‘1883’, graduated from Paschal High School and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2017 for writing the film “Hell or High Water”, shot in West Texas, with Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges.

He owns and operates two ranches in his home state: the legendary 6666 Ranch, headquartered in Guthrie, and Bosque Ranch in Weatherford, according to the Fort Worth Film Commission.

Celebrity guests highlight the importance of early childhood education

During the program, Taylor Sheridan shared her passion for the Fort Worth and North Texas community, beginning with its youngest residents.

As parents, he and his wife, Nicole, “learned firsthand about the benefits of early childhood education and its lasting positive effects on development,” he said.

Also present at the ceremony was Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker, who said efforts must continue to “provide our children and families with the best early education options and surrounding support services to ensure stronger families and a stronger future in Fort Worth.”

“We are fortunate to have the Sheridans and many other local leaders with CCA working hard to keep these issues front and center,” she added.

Blue Ribbon Action Committee Progressing

Child Care Associates President and CEO Kara Waddell shared updates on the work of the Blue Ribbon Action Committee to Advance Child Care, an initiative announced at least lunch of the year.

“Our community has rallied around the impact of early education,” she said. “We now have the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and help grow our community’s child care programs.

Key proposals recommended by the committee have advanced since its inception, including investing 11% of the county’s $408 million in COVID relief funds in three projects to strengthen child care.

A proposal seeks to integrate all eligible child care providers receiving state subsidies into the state’s quality assessment and improvement system, Texas Rising Starwhich requires providers to meet quality standards on things like administrator training, teacher-child interactions, and indoor and outdoor environments.

The county’s $2 million investment for this effort builds on $3 million in funding from Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County to strengthen child care businesses and improve child care quality. ‘children.

Another $15 million has been approved to help stabilize businesses already participating in the Quality Assessment Program, expand their access to resources, and determine the true cost of providing childcare services. quality so they can find sustainable ways to fund it beyond the current infusion from the federal government. dollars.

The largest slice of money proposed by the committee and approved by the commissioners, $28 million, should be dedicated to efforts to expand and maximize resources for infant and toddler classrooms.

At a county commission meeting earlier this year, Waddell pointed to large swathes of Tarrant County without available and affordable infant and toddler care.

According to a presentation, to maximize existing infrastructure and resources, the county and Child Care Associates will seek partnerships with municipalities, school districts, higher education and other public entities with the goal of doubling the investment of the county by $28 million and to add 50 new infant-toddler classrooms in inner-city neighborhoods.

Bank rewarded for investing in early childhood initiative

Brooks, the Tarrant County Commissioner, said in remarks after receiving his award that he has long been a supporter of early childhood education and its lifelong power.

“It’s the only way to get us out of generational poverty,” he said. “Exit is the education of our exit, and you can’t start soon enough.”

PNC Bank was also recognized at the ceremony for its local and national investments in early childhood education.

According to a press release, the bank has partnered with Child Care Associates to invest more than $200,000 in nature-filled classrooms, natural outdoor play areas and COVID-19 supplies for children. child care programs.

Nationally, the organization has invested millions of dollars in a program focused on children 0-5 years old.

“Founded in 2004, we have developed PNC is growing well in a $500 million initiative dedicated to children from birth to five, especially underserved children, by empowering and supporting their caregivers and teachers,” said Dale Klose, PNC Southwest Territory Director and mountainous regions, in a press release. “The opportunity to work with Kara Waddell and Child Care Associates to bring PNC Grow Up Great resources, tools and advocacy to life in Tarrant County has helped us collectively impact our youngest Texans and their families. .”

This story contains reports from the Star-Telegram Archive.

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Isaac Windes covers early childhood education as part of Star-Telegram’s Crossroads Lab. The position is funded with assistance from the Morris Foundation. Windes is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Before coming to Star-Telegram, he wrote about schools and colleges in southeast Texas for the Beaumont Enterprise. He was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. Please ask your questions about early childhood education. Email: [email protected] or call or text (817) 668-5449. Follow Isaac on Twitter @isaacdwindes

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