Isaac Windes interviews a child at Hope Farm, an after school program for at-risk boys in Fort Worth.

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Isaac Windes covers Early Childhood Education as part of the Star-Telegram’s Crossroads Lab. The position is funded with assistance from the Morris Foundation. Windes is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Before coming to the Star-Telegram he wrote about schools and colleges in Southeast Texas for the Beaumont Enterprise. He was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. Please reach out with your questions about Early Childhood Education. Email: or call or text (817) 668-5449. Follow Isaac on Twitter @isaacdwindes

Playtime and therapy are synonymous at this Dallas child care center. Here’s how it works

Kelly McShan was worried when she started noticing her young son, Jackson, having bad dreams and showing signs of anxiety — like being afraid to leave the room even to get water or play outside. Through her church, she learned about play therapy — a unique method of therapy that is child-led and allows patients to explore their emotions and learn coping skills, while just playing with toys. The program she learned about is housed in Annie’s Place, a child care facility on the campus of Parklan

Complaint: Fort Worth seniors told to drop capstone projects for class they didn’t need

Barton Scott, the department head of Career and Technical Education at Young Men’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, filed a whistleblower complaint against the school district in September with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. In it, he accused the Fort Worth school district of requiring students to take an occupational safety course that is not needed in their industry and profiting off of students by receiving bonuses for their achievement as part of a Texas Education Agency pr

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Las Vegas Trail group gets $30K from community foundation for food, parent engagement

An organization founded to support families and children in the Las Vegas Trail neighborhood as part of a revitalization effort is hiring additional staff and providing clothing and food donations to children after receiving a $30,000 grant from the Fund to Advance Racial Equity at North Texas Community Foundation. “We are grateful for the generous support and partnership we have with North Texas Community Foundation and are proud to be a recipient of this grant,” LVTRise Executive Director Pai
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