San Antonio, Texas
The GLR Campaign recognizes San Antonio, Texas, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school readiness for children from low-income families, and for demonstrating exemplary work in all areas of success, scale and sustainability.
San Antonio uses the Early Development Instrument (EDI) to assess and track readiness. The results from 2012–15 reflect major improvements in school readiness in all EDI domains among kindergarten students from low-income families, including those in every public housing community in the city. The local GLR initiative incorporates an extensive set of community partnerships with 110 public and private stakeholders to pool, share, blend, braid and stack resources. The city supports an Early Childhood Education and Care Continuum as the operational arm of the local GLR effort. The Continuum works to integrate and align resources to ensure that the most vulnerable children, birth through 5, have access to high-quality services. This includes, for example, coordinating the efforts of the Department of Human Services Early Head Start and Head Start programs and Pre-K 4SA, along with other investments in community programming. The San Antonio Housing Authority is also an active partner and consistently makes services accessible to children living in public and Section 8 housing.
This multi-level partnership invests more than $106.6 million annually in public, nonprofit and school district providers.