More than 90% of brain development occurs in the first five years of life. Camp Fire School Readiness helps make the most of those years by providing on-site mentoring, professional development and educational materials to early education programs in targeted areas that will feed into Fort Worth ISD. The program improves child care teachers’ understanding of child growth and development. This enables them to provide an environment and teaching that encourages children’s skill development, builds literacy skills and increases interactions between the programs with local schools to support children’s preparation for kindergarten.

School Readiness is defined by five areas of child development:








Physical and Technological


Motivation to Learn

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Research has shown that children enrolled in quality early childhood programs are better prepared with the skills and assets they need to succeed in school and in life. Since 2005, the School Readiness program has helped more than 3,800 children enter school better prepared to succeed.

An evaluation of the 2022-2023 school year reveals the Camp Fire School Readiness Program’s impact. Students who attend a Camp Fire supported program have higher reading and math scores and each year. Kindergarten students from Camp Fire supported programs had higher early literacy scores.

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Consistently, Camp Fire proves its positive impact. Children who come to Camp Fire supported programs perform significantly better than their peers throughout the early years of public school. Sharing performance lessons learned to the broader community, they strive to raise the quality of early education across Fort Worth.

Elizabeth R. Brands, President/CEO, The Morris Foundation

Early Education Apprenticeship Program Evaluation Report, 2022-2023 School Year