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Upbring Head Start and Early Head Start to Continue in Galveston County

Austin, TX – June 23, 2020 – Upbring, a Texas-based nonprofit, has been awarded a grant through The Office of Head Start to provide services within Galveston County effective July 1, 2020.  Galveston County was granted based upon the results of a competitive application and review process conducted by the Office of Head Start.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to serve children and families in Galveston County, and we assure the community that Head Start/Early Head Start services will continue for all 403 children enrolled throughout the county,” said Dr. Dana Biddy, Director of Education for South Texas with Upbring Head Start Preschool. Biddy, who resides just north of Galveston, will be responsible for the supervision of all Upbring Head Start locations authorized by this newly-obtained award.

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Upbring Early Head Start Services to Continue in Bexar County

Austin, TX – June 17, 2020 – Upbring, a Texas-based nonprofit, has been awarded a grant through The Office of Head Start, through the Designation Renewal System (DRS), to provide Early Head Start services within Bexar county effective July 1, 2020.

Upbring, which has served Bexar county since 2001 through its Foster In Texas program has been providing Head Start services in Texas since 2015. Through this grant, the nonprofit will offer an Early Head Start program to 88 children in Bexar County.

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Head Start and Early Head Start Services to Continue in Bee, Goliad, Live Oak and Refugio Counties in Texas Through Upbring

Austin, TX May 28, 2020 – Upbring has been awarded a grant through The Office of Head Start, through the Designation Renewal System (DRS), to provide services within Bee, Goliad, Live Oak and Refugio Counties in Texas effective June 1, 2020.

“Upbring will work with the prior provider to ensure a seamless transition and continuity of services,” said Dr. Andrew Benscoter, Chief Education and Growth Officer at Upbring.  “We’re excited about this opportunity to serve the children and families in Bee, Goliad, Live Oak, and Refugio counties, and we assure the community that Head Start/Early Head Start services will continue for all 394 children served throughout the four counties.”

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Upbring Education Association to Host Livestream Petting Zoo to Share Joy During Challenging Time

Austin, TX – May 16, 2020 –The Upbring School of Arts and Sciences (USAS) and the Upbring School of Discovery and Leadership (USDL) are hosting a livestream petting zoo event on Upbring’s Facebook page on Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. CST to bring people of all ages together for a free, joyful, family engagement, experience.

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Texas Country Singer, Pat Green, to Perform Livestream Concert for Upbring

Austin, TX – May 4, 2020 – Upbring, a Texas-based nonprofit working to break the cycle of child abuse, will host a free virtual livestream concert featuring Texas country artist, Pat Green. The virtual event is free to the public and will take place on Upbring’s Facebook page on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. CST.

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Upbring Education Association Rallies to Provide Childcare Options During COVID-19 Pandemic

As schools across the nation close in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Upbring’s Education Association opened their doors even wider effective Monday, April 13, to provide childcare options for working parents who are essential employees like healthcare workers, first responders and other critical personnel, and counter the severe shortage of options available to them.

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Upbring Head Start Launches Virtual Classrooms During COVID-19 Pandemic

School closures in over 160 countries have separated a staggering 87 percent of the world’s student population from their peers and teachers due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To combat the issue and best serve our families, Upbring Head Start programs in South Fort Worth and South Houston launched a virtual learning program.

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Upbring Announces Senior Leadership Changes

The Austin-based nonprofit promoted Andrew Benscoter and Krystale Bezio to Chief Officers
Upbring, a faith-inspired nonprofit working to break the cycle of child abuse, announces two changes to its Senior Leadership Team – the appointments of Andrew Benscoter, Ed.D., as Chief Education & Growth Officer and Krystale Bezio, MSW, LCPAA, as Chief Program Officer effective January 1, 2020. The two promotions are in part of a new leadership structure designed to further the organization’s important mission.

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Upbring Announces Innovation Evaluation Calculator

AUSTIN, TX– February 10, 2020 – Upbring Innovation Labs is empowering nonprofits to innovate with the addition of its latest tool, the Innovation Evaluation Calculator. Launching this month, the Innovation Evaluation Calculator will empower and enable creative thinkers to advance innovation within their respective industries. The tool was created as a solution to the lack of resources often available to evaluate and conceptualize ideas in the nonprofit space. An important step in the innovation process is the evaluation of an idea’s business merit and impact; Upbring hopes that the accessibility of the Innovation Evaluation Calculator will streamline that process for those looking to take their idea to the next level.

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Upbring CEO, Dr. Kurt Senske, announces plan to step down in 2020 after nearly 25 years with the organization

AUSTIN, TX– May 8, 2019 – Dr. Kurt Senske announced that he will step down as chief executive officer of Upbring, effective December 31, 2019.Senske has served the organization for almost 25 years, 22 of those as chief executive officer. Michael Loo, currently the agency’s president and chief operating officer will succeed Senske and hold the title of president and CEO.

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Upbring Launches Innovation Lab Dedicated to Breaking Cycle of Child Abuse

AUSTIN, TX– November 26, 2018 – Today, Upbring Innovation Labs rolled out its first product, an online marketplace to help make an immediate impact on the lives of children and families that need extra support

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Upbring Conference to Feature Foster Care Expert Dr. John DeGarmo

FLOWER MOUND, TX– September 13, 2018 – Nearly 4,000 children in the DFW area were in foster care last year. Each child had immediate needs for food, clothing and shelter. But as a foster care expert and foster parent who has welcomed more than 55 children into his home and heart, Dr. John DeGarmo knows that most importantly, every child in foster care needs love.

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Upbring, Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing
Release First-of-its-Kind Study on Youth in Foster Care

AUSTIN, TX – March 7, 2018 – Upbring, a thought leader among child welfare nonprofits, and the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing today released the pilot report from the Texas Youth Permanency Study (TYPS). The study asks whether the child welfare system’s focus on legal permanency (adoption, reunification, kinship care) for children in foster care is sufficient— and offers an alternative model to give youth everything they need to succeed in adulthood.

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Upbring Extends Christian School Initiative to Houston

HOUSTON – January 29, 2018 – Upbring, a leader in early childhood education, announced the opening of Upbring School of Discovery and Leadership (USDL) – Downtown Houston. Located at 1316 Washington Avenue, USDL offers a Christian education with a STEAM emphasis to students between six weeks and kindergarten.

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Upbring Names 2017 CFO of the Year Award Nominee as Finance Director

AUSTIN, TX – December 19, 2017 –  Upbring, a nonprofit organization working to break the cycle of child abuse, is pleased to welcome Holly Raymond as senior vice president of finance. As a direct report to the chief executive officer, Raymond’s responsibilities include strategic planning, financial reporting, cash management, budget preparation, and contract review and approval.

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RIGHT NOW: Provide Urgent Support and Resources to Texas Families Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Upbring working to raise $200,000 in the next 200 hoursto help more than 350 families facing post-hurricane challenges

Austin, Texas – September 1, 2017 – Upbring, one of Texas’ largest foster care and adoption service providers, and those we serve are in need of immediate assistance.

Following the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that has affected millions of Texans, Upbring is poised to help Texas families rebuild their lives. There is an opportunity for the public to help quickly and directly.

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Upbring BeREAL Program Recognized by Texas Network of Youth Services

Cypress, Texas – June 26, 2017 – Upbring, one of Texas’ leading children’s services providers, will host its annual Upbring Golf Houston fundraiser today at BlackHorse Golf Club, 12205 Fry Road in Cypress, TX at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the 18-hole, four-person scramble benefit the life-giving services delivered at Upbring Krause Children’s Center in Katy, Texas.

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Annual Upbring Golf Houston Fundraiser Benefits Young Girls Healing from Childhood Trauma

Cypress, Texas – June 26, 2017 – Upbring, one of Texas’ leading children’s services providers, will host its annual Upbring Golf Houston fundraiser today at BlackHorse Golf Club, 12205 Fry Road in Cypress, TX at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the 18-hole, four-person scramble benefit the life-giving services delivered at Upbring Krause Children’s Center in Katy, Texas.

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Upbring to Accept Donation from South Plains Archery Club During Annual Celebration of Lubbock-Area Ministries

Shallowater, Texas – June 8, 2017 – Upbring, one of Texas’ largest foster care and adoption service providers, will host its Seventh Annual Beer & Brats celebration at Biggin Hill Air Park in Shallowater at 5:30 p.m. today. During the event, Upbring supporters on the South Plains will celebrate Upbring programs that directly serve the Lubbock community. The South Plains Archery Club will also present Upbring with a donation benefitting Lubbock-area children served by the Upbring Foster In Texas (FIT) program.
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All-Day Celebration of Tyler Foster Families Being Held at New Upbring Foster Care Office Today

Austin, Texas – June 2, 2017 – Upbring, one of Texas’ largest foster care and adoption service providers, will host an all-day open house at its new Foster In Texas (FIT) location in Tyler at 6770 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Suite 104 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. today.
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Upbring to Open Private Faith-Based Preschool in Austin

Austin, Texas – March 24, 2017 – Upbring announced that it will open a private, faith-based preschool at 3407 Red River Street in Austin. Upbring School of Arts and Sciences – Central Austin Campus is currently enrolling students for the fall 2017 semester.
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Upbring to Sell Kruse Village Facilities to Current Operator and Manager Health Dimensions Group

Brenham, Texas – November 1, 2016 – Upbring, a 135-year-old social services organization (previously Lutheran Social Services of the South)—and the largest provider of foster care and adoption services in Texas—also has a long history of owning and managing senior living/retirement communities in Texas.
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