2009 Childhood Quality of Life Index
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In January 2009, Waco Foundation commissioned Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition (TECEC) to gather and evaluate information regarding children's needs in McLennan County. The report looked at 12 factors related to the child, the family, and the community that serve as indicators for future success of children. A "Quality of Life" index was created that provides a score for every zip code allowing leaders to implement solutions strategically within communities identified as highest need and focused on the 12 factors that influence child outcomes.

2009 McLennan County Quality of Life Index Study

Right-click on link to download file. Questions and/or concerns about this study? Contact the Waco Foundation Executive Director, Ashley Allison, email a.allison@wacofoundation.org or call 254.754.3404 for more information.

Area Non-profits for Families and Children

  • Dot Org: Waco Center for Youth
    Waco Center for Youth is a psychiatric residential treatment facility that serves teenagers, ages 13 through 17, with emotional difficulties and/or behavioral problems. The mission of Waco Center for Youth is "to give each youth a chance for change" by providing comprehensive psychiatric residential treatment services to emotionally disturbed adolescents of the state of Texas. Website: www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhhospitals/wacocenterforyouth/ (02:30)
  • Dot Org: Heart of Texas Autism Network
    The Heart of Texas Autism Network hosts a walk 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. May 1, 2010, on the campus of Baylor University to raise awareness. Website: www.hotautismnetwork.org/ (02:30)
  • Dot Org: Talitha Koum
    The Mission of Talitha Koum is to improve outcomes for at-risk children and their families from the Kate Ross government housing neighborhood of South Waco through an intensive care program. Beginning with a mental health Therapeutic Nursery for birth to six year olds and comprehensive support for each child?s family, we will grow to support our children through High School graduation. Website: www.talithakoum.org/ (02:30)
  • Dot Org: Art Center Waco
    Art Center Waco's charter outlines the responsibilities they have to the community: children's programs, art programs, outreach, and more. This is accomplished by becoming a place for art and ideas and by sponsoring innovative programs and exhibits for all ages. Website: www.artcenterwaco.org/ (02:30)
  • Dot Org: Avance Waco
    The mission of AVANCE is to help young families break the cycle of poverty. AVANCE Waco opened its doors to parents and children in 2002 with generous support from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation. Website: www.avancewaco.org/ (02:30)
  • Dot Org: R.E.A.C.H. Theraputic Riding Center
    REACH Therapeutic Riding Center strives to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities through the use of equines. Our goal is to improve the overall wellness of the individual, increase their confidence, and promote independence while providing hippotherapy and therapeutic riding as appropriate. Website: http://reachtrc.org/ (02:32)
  • Dot Org: Family Abuse Center
    The Family Abuse Center (FAC) exists to eliminate domestic violence in Central Texas by sheltering victims of domestic violence and by preventing abuse from occurring through intervention and education. Website: www.familyabusecenter.org (02:30)
  • Dot Org: Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children
    The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children is a resource that stands ready to walk with survivors on their journey of healing. Safe, professional, confidential, services are available for victims and their friends and families. Website: www.advocacycntr.org (02:30)
  • Dot Org: Waco ISD Education Foundation
    The Waco ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation organized to raise money, make decisions and fund grants for the improvement of public education in Waco. Website: www.wacoisdfoundation.org (02:30)
  • Dot Org: Arrow Child and Family Ministries
    Arrow Child & Family Ministries serves to advance the well being of children, families, communities, and culture by providing an array of services and engaging the local church to promote Christian responsibility and commitment to strengthen family life. Website: www.arrow.org/ (02:30)
  • Dor Org: Carenet Pregnancy Center
    Since 2004, the Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Texas has served well over 2,600 clients each year for pregnancy testing alone. Of the 1000+ Care Net Pregnancy Centers in the nations, Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Texas was rated #2 in the top 15 high impact centers. Website: www.pregnancycare.org/ (02:30)
  • Dot Org: Junior League of Waco
    The Junior League of Waco, Inc. continues to be ever mindful of its purpose "developing the potential of women, improving the community, training volunteers and promoting voluntarism. Website: www.juniorleaguewaco.org (02:30)
  • Dot Org: Klaras Children's Center
    Klaras Children's Center ECI is an Early Childhood Intervention Program that serves families with children who are birth to third birthday, and who are experiencing problems with their development and/or behavior. Website: www.kcceci.org/ (02:30)
  • Dot Org: Parents for Public Schools
    Parents for Public Schools (PPS) is a national organization of community-based chapters working with public school parents and other supporters to improve and strengthen local public schools. Website: www.parents4publicschools.com/ (02:30)

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