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We coordinate resources and supports, serving as a connector for children, families, and communities in the education space. We aim to create a clearinghouse of quality low-cost/no cost resources and programs and a system to ensure those programs are high quality and always improving.

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MOE communicates, maintains, and promotes opportunities and relationships with educational entities within and outside of the city. This includes entities that support children, families, and communities with educational resources and opportunities throughout the city.

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The MOE prioritizes collective impact partnerships to develop city-wide educational strategy. Our staff and partners strive to analyze research and data to identify and support best practices and align policies and resources across sectors and government entities.

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Child Friendly Cities

Child Friendly Cities Initiative

The City of Houston has embarked upon a two-year process, toward recognition as a UNICEF Child Friendly City. The Child-Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) was launched in 1996 by UNICEF to respond to the challenge of realizing the rights of children and now it operates in more than 3,500+ cities and communities. Houston has become a CFCI pilot city and joined San Francisco and Minneapolis as the first cohort of U.S. cities to implement the CFCI. The CFCI in Houston is led by the Mayor's Office of Education ...

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CHEF Program

Community Health Education Fellowship (CHEF) Program

The Community Health Education Fellowship (CHEF) Program, as part of the COVID-19 Health Equity Response Public Health Education Subcommittee’s efforts, empowers youth, ages 18-30, with resources and education to fight COVID-19. The youth are from the 22 Houston communities that have the highest percentages of COVID cases and are in the most need of information and resources. As part of the CHEF program, the youth fellows promote public health in those same 22 communities and are certified as Community Health Workers. In addition, they work with experts in developing the dynamic curriculum that is shared with the communities.



Cities Connecting Children to Nature

“Just imagine...when you upgrade local neighborhoods parks, then you really have cities connecting children with nature. You’re getting them out of their homes, out and about, getting them to establish a very kinetic city where people are moving. It’s not just about recreation. It’s about good health as well. When people are moving and getting around, riding their bikes, walking, it changes things on so many levels.” - Mayor Sylvester Turner

Mayor Sylvester Turner envisions a future where all of Houston’s kids reach their full potential.



Out 2 Learn

Out 2 Learn

The O2L network is a public-private partnership committed to expanding access to high-quality out-of-school programming for all Houston area youth. MOE serves as participating members of the O2L partnership between with United Way of Greater Houston, Houston Endowment, and the Harris County Department of Education - CASE for Kids ...

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Be Well, Be Connected

Be Well, Be Connected

Be Well, Be Connected, a U.S.SAMHSA grant awarded to the City of Houston and managed by the Mayor’s Office of Education, in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, offers access to mental health care to Houston-area youth ages 9-17 who have serious and persistent mental illness. School-based screenings, referrals, and home and community-based services are provided. Direct services are offered to youth who are experiencing disruption and interference in their lives from serious emotional disturbances (SED), including first episode psychosis, bipolar disorder, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD). The services include family support that is offered in their homes and communities ...

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Mayor’s Student Leaders Alliance (MSLA)

Mayor’s Student Leaders Alliance (MSLA) ... In Houston, everyone should have a seat at the table, and it should begin with youth and emerging leaders. Mayor Sylvester Turner is looking to lift the voices of young adults in the City of Houston and provide them with an opportunity to discuss and address some of Houston's most important issues. Students selected to join the MSLA will serve as advisors to Mayor Turner and City Officials while working hand-in-hand to make Houston a better city for all ...



Education Councils

MOE also works closely with various education-oriented councils throughout the city. The Mayor’s Higher Education Council convenes the presidents and chancellors of local higher education institutions to discuss state of higher education in the region, to get updates on campus and discuss needs, and to coordinate efforts across entities. Likewise, the Mayor’s Secondary Education Council works with Superintendents of the 17 school districts and the largest charter schools in the Houston area ...

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Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery

In the weeks and months following Hurricane Harvey in 2017, we worked primarily with UNICEF USA, Mental Health America of Greater Houston, Rice University, the Baker Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Harris Health System to address the mental, emotional, and intellectual shocks and stresses the storm presented across the city. Namely, we organized, provided, and promoted trauma, mindfulness, and mental health training for K-12 educators, Baker Institute training for early childhood educators and parents, and Kognito At-Risk online trauma training for educators. We partnered with the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to purchase and distribute “After the Storm” books to children to offset the missed in-class instruction. To mitigate the emotional and mental trauma of the storm, displacement, and loss, we coordinated with the Trauma and Grief Center, Journey of Hope, and FEMA to organize Harris Center Crisis Counselors, Save the Children, Trauma and Grief Component Therapy, and mobile therapy units ...

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Hire Houston Youth

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Hire Houston Youth offers youth ages 16 to 24 internship and job opportunities in the public and private sectors throughout the Houston area. All positions offer at least 7 weeks of employment, and employers are asked to compensate youth at least $10.00 an hour.

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