ChildCareGroup's roots go back to the late 19th century. The original charter, dated September 16, 1901, was the Clara Chaison Free Kindergarten and Training School of Dallas, Texas.
- In 1901, at the turn of the century, child care was formally organized by compassionate and civic-minded people concerned about the appalling conditions in which many poor children were living. Three organizations—the Clara Chaison Free Kindergarten and Training School, the Free Kindergarten Association, and the Dallas Free Kindergarten and Industrial Association— joined forces to provide day care and kindergarten for children of the women who worked in the Dallas cotton mills. The organization provided care for children, as well a school for training kindergarten teachers.
- 1903—350 children were enrolled in the Dallas Free Kindergarten and Industrial Association programs, with three child care centers operating and many children on waiting lists.
- 1913—1st milk station opened by Infants’ Welfare and Milk Association.
- Record keeping documented infant mortality
- Beginning of procurement of “certified” milk
- Free medical clinics and home visiting by nurses
- 1914—Dental services offered.
- 1923— Member agency of Community Chest (now United Way)