Serving as Tarrant County College Children’s Center director and associate professor since 2016, Dr. Travis Davis has joined Child Care Associates (CCA) as director of early education, a newly formed position at CCA designed to unify its infant, toddler and preschool-aged services into an aligned, educational offering for underprivileged children.
“Early education represents a significant opportunity in advancing outcomes for young children. With Texas investing in full-day, high-quality Pre-K in this past 86th Legislative Session, Child Care Associates believes the time is right to invest in leadership and talent,” said President and CEO of CCA Kara Waddell. “We’re thrilled with the momentum Dr. Davis brings to the CCA team as we provide underprivileged children in Tarrant County with quality early education services.”
Davis received his Doctorate of Education in early childhood education from the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton and his Master of Science, counselor education, from UNT as well. He acquired his Bachelor of Science degree, child development, from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma. Davis is past president of the Fort Worth Area Association for the Education of Young Children and the Denton Area Association for the Education of Young Children. He is currently the president of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TAEYC) state board and previously served as accreditation chair and young professionals chair of the organization.
“We are at a critical juncture in understanding the short-and long-term benefits of high-quality progressive early childhood education. Early childhood education that is child-centered, play-focused and values the whole child’s development has the opportunity to establish a positive trajectory for young children and families that can no longer be ignored,” said Davis. “CCA is well-positioned to advance the field of early childhood education and I look forward to being part of CCA’s dedicated team that is fulfilling this significant mission. “
At a time when Fort Worth and Arlington are rallying around the needs of early education in unprecedented ways, CCA is managing significant public resources dedicated to supporting the growth and development of young children 0-5 years old. CCA supports the belief that all children benefit from access to quality early education. For children from lower-income families, CCA’s signature early education services help ‘boost’ children to success. CCA combines high-quality early education for young children with supports that promote nurturing parenting and whole child outcomes to help ensure that children reach their full developmental potential by the end of third grade.