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Welcome to our quarterly newsletter for Early Learning Programs, Child Care Talk! Through this publication, we hope to provide you with updates regarding Child Care Services as well as news and information to benefit your program. 

July 2022

Celebrating Apprenticeship Program Graduates
Congratulations are in order! Participants of the Camp Fire First Texas Early Education Apprenticeship Program (EEAP) for the year 2021-2022 are preparing to see their hard work and dedication come to fruition.

If you're not familiar with this incredible program, the EEAP is a two-year educational and career pathway building program offered by Camp Fire First Texas, a nonprofit youth development organization based in Fort Worth serving eight North Texas counties. As the first U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program for early educators in the state of Texas (talk about bragging rights!), the EEAP includes paid on-the-job learning, educational courses, professional development, negotiated wage increases while in the program, and one-on-one coaching from a Camp Fire First Texas mentor.

Led by Dr. Dana Brocks, EEAP was recognized by the Tarrant County Workforce Development and Workforce Government Board with the Apprenticeship Partner Award in February 2022. Julian Alvarez III, Commissioner Representing Labor of the Texas Workforce Commission, has also recognized the impact and value of EEAP, noting that quality early education builds the groundwork for future engineers, doctors, and tradesmen. You can watch Commissioner Alvarez’s video here.

In partnership with Camp Fire First Texas, Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas offered EEAP for the year 2021-2022 at six early learning host sites:
  • Connect: KIDS Learning Center, Waxahachie, Director: Shaunta Montgomery
  • Kids Kamp Family Child Care, Terrell, Director: Stephanie Richards
  • Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Legacy West, Frisco, Director: Karen Kepley
  • Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Little Elm, Director: Katrina Ingram
  • Little Tigers Learning Center, Glen Rose, Director: Meaghan Oates and Sarah Lavett
  • The Montessori Learning House Bilingual School, Little Elm, Director: Elizabeth Alzate
If you would like to learn more about the EEAP program, please contact Dana Brocks, Ed.D. Director Early Education Apprenticeship at Camp Fire First Texas, at (817) 831-2111 ext. 144 or via email at 
Texas Rising Star Spotlight
Congratulations to the following Early Learning Programs for receiving a new star level in the Texas Rising Star (TRS) program. These Early Learning Programs have undergone either an initial assessment for entrance into the program or a recertification assessment for continuation in the program in the last quarter.

New TRS Certifications

2-Star Recertifications
March-June 2022
3-Star Recertifications
March-June 2022
4-Star Recertifications
March-June 2022
Goddard McKinney- 4 Star
Kids R Kids #18 – 4 Star
Little Pinecones- 4 Star
Oakbrook McKinney-3 Star
Oakbrook Murphy- 3 Star
Oakbrook Allen- 3 Star
Anna Kids- 2 Star
Future Generations CDC
Handprints Child Care #16
Kids Kampus Renfro
Carlos Machado Jiu-Jitsu

Brock County Day School
Creation – Acton
All About Kids Weatherford
Tolar Small Steps
Childtime Round Grove
Blossom Valley
Denton City County Day School
Little Tykes-Cleburne
Twin Oaks Private School
Childcare Network #305
Fred Moore Day Nursery School
Little Texas Stars
Mudpies and Lullabies- Melissa
Tara’s Child Care
The Montessori Learning House Bilingual School
Flower Mound Early Care
Kids R Kids N. Flower Mound
Virginia Gallian
Kids R Kids #58
Children’s Courtyard Willow Grove
Little Tigers
Kids R Kids #14
Horizon Lighthouse Children’s Academy
FUMC Weekday
Preston Meadow KinderCare
Holy Communion Christian Academy
Lion Cub Learning Academy
Totally Kids
Little Hawks
Creation Granbury
The Kids Zone Learning Center
Kaleidoscope Child Development

Welcome to the Family!
We would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Early Learning Programs. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with each of you.
  • Oak Brook School McKinney
  • Simply Smarts Learning Center
  • Cornette Roberts
  • The Pillars Christian Learning Center- FM 663
  • The Pillars Christian Learning Center- N. Walnut Grove
  • KCE Champions LLC IL TX Keller
  • Waxahachie YMCA at Vitovsky Elementary
  • La Marina Day Care Inc
  • ABC Preschool and Childcare Center
  • Little Buccaneers GISD Staff Child Care Center
  • Oak Park School
  • Sunnyville Academy LLC
  • Language Lab Academy
  • Penelope Brown
  • Kingdom Kidz Christian Academy
  • Brighter Day Academy, LLC
  • HBLA Celina
  • Park South YMCA

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