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Empowering Houston parents and caregivers of all walks of life.

About Us

The Basics Houston

The Basics Houston is an affiliate of the Basics Learning Network, a nationally-recognized initiative, to support early childhood brain development, offering free resources that give all Houstonians a great start to life.

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The Houston Health Department launched The Basics Houston to improve the number of children in Houston who have a healthy start to life.  We bring a public health perspective to encourage enriched childhood brain development during the early stages of life. We focus on family and community — from parents and caregivers to connections outside of the home — while incorporating the latest research to identify disparities and implement innovative solutions. Learn more about The Basics below!

Fall 2015

Dr. Ronald Ferguson, a Professor at the Kennedy School of Public Policy and Director of the Achievement Gap Institute at Harvard, launched the Boston Basics Framework and Outreach efforts.

Spring 2016

Dr. Ronald Ferguson, director of Harvard’s Achievement Gap Initiative, was invited by Early Matters to give a keynote about Boston Basics at their annual meeting. In response, the Houston Health Department adopted The Basics for Houston..

Fall 2016

The Houston Health Department (HHD) launched the Basics Houston program as an initiative of the My Brother’s Keeper program. Modeled after the Boston Basics program developed by Dr. Ron Ferguson of Harvard University, Houston Basics’ goal is to improve the number of infants in Houston who have a healthy start to life.

Spring 2017

City of Houston Health Department invites Children’s Museum Houston to use its 20-year proven parent/child workshop program model as foundation for developing 3 of 5 Basics Houston workshops. Children's Museum Houston pilots Welcome Baby including Basics Houston messages.

Winter 2019

Basics2 initiative launches in the Gulfton and Near Northside neighborhoods with planning to expand into 3rd Ward.

Winter 2020

The Episcopal Health Foundation awards the Houston Health Foundation a planning grant to develop Brainy Clinics and strengthen citywide implementation of the Basics Houston.

Fall 2015

Dr. Ron Ferguson, a Professor at the Kennedy School of Public Policy and Director of the Achievement Gap Institute at Harvard, launched The Basics, Inc. Framework and Outreach efforts.

Spring 2016

Dr. Ron Ferguson, director of Harvard’s Achievement Gap Initiative, was invited by Early Matters to give a keynote about The Basics at their annual meeting. In response, the Houston Health Department adopted The Basics for Houston..

Fall 2016

The Houston Health Department (HHD) launched The Basics Houston as an initiative of the My Brother’s Keeper program. Modeled after the The Basics, Inc. initiative developed by Dr. Ron Ferguson of Harvard University, The Basics Houston's goal is to improve the number of infants in Houston who have a healthy start to life.

Spring 2017

City of Houston Health Department invites Children’s Museum Houston to use its 20-year proven parent/child workshop program model as foundation for developing 3 of 5 of The Basics Houston workshops. Children's Museum Houston pilots Welcome Baby including The Basics Houston messages.

Winter 2019

Basics2 initiative launches in the Gulfton and Near Northside neighborhoods with planning to expand into 3rd Ward.

Winter 2020

The Episcopal Health Foundation awards the Houston Health Foundation a planning grant to develop Brainy Clinics and strengthen citywide implementation of The Basics Houston.

Bringing the Basics to Houston

Local Leadership

Houston Health Department

The mission of the Houston Health Department is to work in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians, and the environment in which they live.

My Brother's Keeper Houston

The mission of My Brother's Keeper Houston is to provide assistance that not only enhances quality of life, but strengthens individuals and families, and helps build economical and self-sufficiency among Houston citizens.

Houston Health Foundation

The Houston Health Foundation works to address critical public health needs impacting the Houston region’s most underserved families and children.

Children’s Museum Houston

Children’s Museum Houston’s mission is to transform communities through innovative child-centered learning.

Local Support

The Powell Foundation
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home visits with first time mom's

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improving parent-child interactions

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