Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Upbring?
Upbring has a rich legacy of serving children, families and communities in Texas through a strong network of programs and service focused on reducing recidivism in child abuse and improving long-term outcomes for all children. More than 135 years ago, Upbring sprouted as an organization dedicated to caring for and believing in all children who were otherwise on their own. While the agency has evolved throughout more than a century of service, its dedication to creating a better world for children, families and communities remains strong and firm.
Upbring was designated by the federal government in July 2015 to provide childhood development programs in four Southeast Texas centers – Wharton, El Campo, Palacios and Bay City.
Who is eligible?
How do I register my child?
Our staff will be pleased to help you complete the Upbring Head Start or Early Head Start application. Early Head Start is open to children infants to age 2, and Head Start is open to children ages 3-5.
An application is required, along with other documentation. Please call 979-219-0228 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
What do you charge for your services?
Services are provided at no cost to eligible children three to four years old and their families.
Where do you get your funding?
Upbring Head Start is funded by the Office of Head Start through the Administration for Children and Families, as well as private donors and foundations.
How is Upbring Head Start Preschool different from other preschools?
Our program builds on the strengths and resources of the communities we serve. Our goal is to ensure families have the means to obtain education, health insurance, services for children with disabilities, adequate housing, job training and more.
In addition, parents are expected to participate on administrative policy committees and in their children’s education.
What services are provided for the children?
The following list is a sample of the services we provide to enrolled children’s families:
- Integration of family engagement in their child’s education
- Parent participation in the classroom
- Parent activities that promote child learning and development
- Identification of family strengths and needs and individualized family partnership services
- Parent engagement in program oversight
What services are provided for the parents and/or families of enrolled children?
The following list is a sample of the services provided to enrolled children:
- Individualized educational experiences
- Medical, dental and mental health services
- Speech, language and hearing screenings with additional follow-up, where necessary
- Nutritious meals and snacks
- Field trips
How do I apply to work for Upbring?
See our career opportunities and complete an online application here.