Start Smart Hays & Caldwell Coalition



"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much"- Helen Keller


Start Smart Texas is a partnership of United Ways of Texas and Texas PBS, created to support Texas communities that are part of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, as well as other Texas cities, to achieve improved reading scores across the state. Community Action Inc. of Central Texas proudly serves as the anchor organization for Start Smart Hays & Caldwell (SSHC).


SSHC is an early childhood coalition that brings providers, stakeholders, & parents together with the purpose of increasing the effectiveness of existing early childhood systems, and ultimately improving kindergarten readiness in our communities. 


Our mission is to Promote kindergarten readiness, family engagement, and community health & wellness through collaborative planning and family empowerment. SSHC aims to further this mission through:


  • Targeted advocacy & education to community groups
  • Promoting the importance of early screenings
  • Expanding evidence-based approaches of engaging parents & caregivers
  • Providing access to quality early learning opportunities
  • Supporting high quality childcare providers through workforce development & promoting enrollment in the Texas Rising Star program


SSHC Coalition Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 11:30am-1pm,

at The Village Main (215 S. Reimer Avenue, San Marcos)

Please visit for up-to-date information on past & future coalition meetings and to join our email list.



Help Me Grow-Central Texas


Through Community Action Inc.'s partnership with United Way of Greater Austin, SSHC supports the expansion of Help Me Grow-Central Texas, an early childhood systems building initiative. This project is currently in progress, and updates are provided at SSHC Coalition meetings.  You can find more detailed information on Help Me Grow by visiting the Help Me Grow-Texas page:


Administrative Contacts:


Nina Linda Ramos

Early Childhood Coalition Coordinator



Megan Campbell

Home Visiting Program Director




Helpful Links:

Start Smart Hays & Caldwell Website:

Hays & Caldwell RBA Scorecard:

Campaign for Grade Level Reading: