Child Well-being

ARE THE CHILDREN WELL?

A Report on the Movement to Support the Well-being of McLennan County’s Children and Families

See the full McLennan County Child Well-being Report below or view the summary.

 

McLennan County Child Well-being Report (Download)

Background

More than a decade ago, Waco Foundation commissioned a baseline study related to early childhood supports in McLennan County, known as the 2009 Childhood Quality of Life Index report as part of the SmartBabies Initiative. Early 2018 marked the official transition of the SmartBabies Initiative from Waco Foundation to United Way of Waco-McLennan County. This transition made great sense given that child well-being sits squarely at the intersection of our impact areas: health, education, financial stability and safety net services.

Moving Forward

In continued support of earlier work, we’re leaning into the opportunity to serve as a convener, collaborator, and funder for a countywide effort to champion child well-being and have set out to broaden our understanding of issues related to children and their families as we champion progress against the 2009 baseline report.  In the new report, we maintained a commitment to intentionally center the voice of communities most impacted by local issues and worked to uncover inequities within McLennan County populations.  We will use this data to begin discussions to understand how local systems and institutions can make changes to existing policies, services, and programs to serve our community in a way that positively benefits more county residents that have long bared the burden of poorer outcomes.  An intentional focus on understanding this data, coupled with the reshaping of local practices, will lead to actionable change that will impact this community.  This type of impact takes the force of an entire community, as United Way’s tagline indicates, Change Doesn’t Happen Alone.

Frequently Asked Questions


LAST YEAR IN MCLENNAN COUNTY. UNITED WAY FUNDED PARTNER PROGRAMS PROVIDED:
20,549
low-income children access to
Early Childhood Education
classes and quality afterschool and summer programs
33,753
low/uninsured families with access to
Medical Screenings and Health Exams
as well as prescription assistance and other therapy needs
150,498
children, adults, and families with
Meals and Bags of Groceries
over 46,000 eligible children, adults and families
4,602
low-income pregnant girls and women
Pregnancy Related Care Needs
including prenatal care, resource assistance, and parenting classes
22,344
families and individuals with
Family and Domestic Violence Care
including access to shelters, resource counseling, and case management