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Kids Reading Margaret H. Cone Head Start Center
With the help of our funding and involvement, the Margaret H. Cone Model Head Start Center is beginning to paint a brighter future for the children in one of Dallas' poorest neighborhoods. Since 1990, the Foundation has collaborated with universities and local Head Start administrators to develop a model preschool program at the Cone Center -- one which gives about 90 economically disadvantaged students with the services they need to succeed in school and beyond, such as quality nutrition, health care, social services and education, including a rich multi-sensory language curriculum.

Improving Early Literacy of Preschool Children Handbook (PDF 2637K)

Model Preschool


Jerry R. Junkins Child Development CenterJerry R. Junkins Child Development Center
In 1995, the Foundation initiated a collaboration with two other foundations to launch the Jerry R. Junkins Child Development Center in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of West Dallas. Modeled after the Cone Center program, the Junkins Center opened in 1997 and serves more than 153 children annually - providing a multi-sensory dual language curriculum, health, nutrition and social services.

rabbit and turtle LEAP
With collaboration from the TI Foundation, SMU created the Language Enrichment Activities Program, or LEAP, which helps children develop language and prereading skills.

Learning By Leaps & Bounds(PDF 630K)

Davids' PlaceDavids' Place
The newest addition to the Foundation's family of Head Start Centers is Davids' Place. The early childhood center will serve a minority population in the Fair Park area of Dallas. This is a major effort to bring innovative curricula to a new segment of the Dallas population. This is one part of a neighborhood revitalization effort.

The Science PlaceThe TI Founders IMAX Theater
In 1993, The Science Place in Dallas had a vision to become a science center for the 21st century. By providing a leading gift and forming a team to work with The Science Place staff, the Foundation furthered the realization of the TI Founders IMAX Theater. The funding also helped to create expanded exhibit facilities, the "Hall of Science" atrium and visitor service facility, and enhanced educational programming.

The Dallas SymphonyThe Dallas Symphony
A grant to the Dallas Symphony is providing five years of transportation for inner city students to hear the symphony and experience the wonders of the Meyerson Symphony Center. This program reaches more than 35,000 students each year.

The Dallas Museum of ArtThe Dallas Museum of Art
One-half of the Foundation's grant to the Dallas Museum of Art helped to fund the Educational Endowment Fund, which encourages children to express their views through art. This program impacts more than 135,000 children a year.
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