July 08, 2020

The Center for Transforming Lives was just named a new Head Start recipient, receiving a $22 million grant paid over five years. The Head Start grant enables CTL to expand its early childhood education and childcare services to include 4- and 5-year-olds, all of whom are living in poverty and homelessness. With the new Head Start grant, CTL will provide full-day early childhood education and care to 342 more preschool children each, doubling the number of children CTL currently serves. To accommodate the dramatic increase in children served, CTL will work in partnership with several Tarrant County school districts and is hiring 73 new positions.

For Rebecca, enrolling her children in school was not a priority. Surviving the streets was.


Homeless with two young children, Rebecca was trying her best to keep her family safe while staying in homeless shelters or on the streets. She knew she wasn’t providing her young children with enough, and she needed a job. But how could she work without childcare? Rebecca was struggling and couldn’t find a way out.


Fortunately, Rebecca found the Center for Transforming Lives Child Development Center, which provides full-day child care and education to eligible homeless children 6-weeks through 5-years-old.
The childcare program is possible in large part to an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant awarded to the Center by the U.S. Health and Human Service’s Administration for Children and Families (ACF), which provides high-quality, early childhood development for infants to 3-year-olds living in poverty and homelessness. 

May 03, 2019

The Hidden Homeless

For more information, or to get involved in this community-wide effort: www.transforminglives.org/hidden-homeless

I recently had an opportunity to help plan the Region 6 Forum on Family Homelessness in Dallas and speak on a panel about family homelessness. Hosted by the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the forum was designed to address the growing reality in our community and in our country.

May 01, 2019

By Samantha Douty | sdouty@waxahachietx.com

Posted at 10:36 AM


Waxahachie resident Carol Klocek rented out the floor of a closet to live in for a short time.

She knew she wanted to go to college and help people, but the uphill path led her to the Center for Transforming Lives in Fort Worth, where she now serves as its CEO.

April 04, 2019

A new report in Tarrant County shows traditional homeless counts track people in shelters or sleeping on the street, but they don't always account for families living in motels or camping on someone's couch.

The Center For Transforming Lives is behind the new research, which estimates 15,000 kids are homeless in Tarrant County. About half of them are under the age of 6.

15,000 homeless children in Tarrant County

Study reveals 15,000 children are homeless in Tarrant County. CEO Carol Klocek speaks with WFAA-TV reporter about the issue.

92% of homeless mothers have experienced violence and trauma. And, according to a Tarrant County report, domestic violence is a leading cause of family homelessness. Ms. Franks, whose son attends preschool at the Center for Transforming Lives, recently shared her story with Christopher Connelly at @keratx. 

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March 25, 2019

We don’t see them camping under bridges or lining East Lancaster, so we assume they do not exist. Yet, these hidden children are living in a shadow world of insecurity and stress. I talked in-depth with Christopher Connelly @keratx about the effects of homelessness on children.

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March 14, 2019

Nearly 15,000 children homeless in Tarrant County. Read the coverage here:

November 20, 2018

Center for Transforming Lives in Fort Worth and The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) have been named as the 2018 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® grant recipients for North Texas. The nonprofits were selected for their work in the region to address issues fundamental to economic mobility.

September 11, 2018

Child Development Report

Hot off the presses... the Child Development Outcomes Report 2018

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