Bachman Lake Together serves as a catalyst for change for the Northwest Dallas community of Bachman Lake, leveraging education as an asset for the community’s future economic stability. We focus on kindergarten readiness because today only 37% of the children in Bachman Lake arrive at kindergarten ready to learn. Since 2009, Bachman Lake Together partner agencies have served thousands of parents and children aged 0 to 5 with dual-generational services geared towards kindergarten readiness.
Guided by our core values of inclusion and equity, Bachman Lake Together has been built from the ground up by listening to and seeking input from constituents within our community. We also employ another one of our core values, constituent voice, by involving parents at every leadership level, including our Board of Directors, as co-chairs of the Strategic Steering Committee, and on each of its working groups.
As a result of this work, Southern Methodist University Center for Research and Evaluation (CORE) found that children who participated in Bachman Lake Together tend to perform better on cognitive development assessments as compared to their peers.
Since Bachman Lake Together is focused on kindergarten-readiness, our primary constituents are children under the age of 6. Most Bachman Lake public school children quality for free or reduced lunch (over 90%), consider themselves Hispanic or Latino (95%), and are English learners (80%).
We recognize that children do not drive themselves to kindergarten, so we bring together parents, community partners and supporters to achieve our shared goal of kindergarten readiness in Bachman Lake. We focus on kindergarten-readiness because of its impact on education, income and health outcomes, through the following strategies:
1) Developing parent leaders
2) Improving systems that drive kindergarten readiness
3) Increasing well-being among families with young children.
Giving to Bachman Lake Together means supporting a community of thriving children and families