Aberg Center for Literacy Awarded the King Foundation Grant to Support Early Childhood Education Program


On Friday, December 9th the Aberg Center for Literacy was named a 2017 recipient of the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation grant. 

The purpose of this grant is to "support the Early Childhood program" at Aberg Center for Literacy. The grant provides key funding needed for program expansion and the subsequent staffing and material needs. 

The foundation, named after its namesakes Carl B. and Florence E. King, was created in 1966.  From the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation website:

Established by gifts from Mr. and Mrs. King , as well as a later bequest from their daughter, Dorothy, the Foundation has now grown to more than $75 million in assets. The Foundation distributes more than $2 million per year to charities serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area, 38 counties in West Texas, and 32 counties in Arkansas.


Past Dallas recipients of the grant include the Metro Dallas Homeless alliance, CitySquare, Childcare Group, Big Thought, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

With this generous gift, Aberg Center will be able to extend its Early Childhood services to our Casa Linda location, which will enable us to provide free childcare and education to 20 children ages 18 months to 5 years starting in January of 2017. Consequently a number of adult students who were unable to enroll in our English fluency classes at Casa Linda due to childcare needs, or who were forced to commute long distances to our East Dallas branch, will now be able to register for classes at Casa Linda in January. 

Aberg Center for Literacy receives Dallas Women's Foundation Grant

Aberg Center for Literacy have received a 2016 Dallas Women's Foundation grant. 

Dallas Women's Foundation grantees are chosen because they contribute to a "positive social and economic change for women and girls". This important grant was awarded to Aberg Center in large part as a result of our Early Childhood and Family Literacy Programs, which allow women who have young children to continue their education without the burden and added expense of costly childcare, while providing key support to those mothers through family education. Currently 65% of Aberg Center for Literacy students are women or girls. 

The Dallas Women's Foundation, the largest regional women's fund in the world, is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The foundation "provides grants to North Texas organizations that drive change in our community, and in our world, by unlocking resources for women and elevating the dialogue around women's issues".

Aberg Center for Literacy is greatly honored to be a recipient of this grant and look forward to implementing the funding to further develop the program to serve more and more women in need with key literacy programs that aim to improve lives, strengthen families, and break the cycle of poverty. 

Aberg Center for Literacy Receives Jack Lowe Sr. Award for Community Leadership from the Dallas Bar Association

Left to Right: Jerry Alexander, Peter Aberg, Shana Harrison, Janet Schoenecker and Katie Anderson

Left to Right: Jerry Alexander, Peter Aberg, Shana Harrison, Janet Schoenecker and Katie Anderson


On Friday, October 14th the Dallas Bar Association presented Aberg Center for Literacy with the prestigious Jack Lowe Sr. Award for Community Leadership during their Education Symposium at the Belo Mansion.

Members of Aberg Center's Staff, Board of Directors, and Advocate Council were on hand to accept the award from Dallas Bar Association President Jerry Alexander (pictured: far left).

The award honors Jack Lowe Sr., founder of TDIndustries and former Salesmanship Club President who served as chairman of the Multiracial Dallas Alliance Education Task Force in the 1970s and led the fight to desegregate Dallas schools.

Past award winners have included:

Past recipients of the Jack Lowe Sr. Award include Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship of Greater Dallas (2013), Vickery Meadow Learning Center (2012), Jubilee Park (2011) and Former DISD Superintendent Linus Wright (2009).

"We are tremendously honored to receive this award," said Aberg Center Executive Director Shana Harrison, "and to be in such prestigious company with those who have won this award in the past."

"We believe that the fight to advance literacy in Dallas is at the core of overcoming such issues as poverty and racial inequality, issues Mr. Jack Lowe Sr. fought passionately against. We would like to thank the Dallas Bar Association and President Jerry Alexander for their advocacy of Aberg Center for Literacy and their support for equality in education here in North Texas."

The event featured a number of speakers and panels, including a discussion with DISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa, the Keynote speaker at Aberg Center's Legacy of Literacy Breakfast on October 27th.

Thank you to our Legacy of Literacy Breakfast 2016 Sponsors!


A big thank you to the 2016 Legacy of Literacy Breakfast sponsors for supporting adult and family literacy and for making the event possible. 

We are ecstatic to have Dr. Michael Hinojosa as this year’s keynote speaker and to honor Krys Boyd on Thursday, October 27 at Belo Mansion from 7:30 to 9 a.m.  Yes, we know it’s early, but we promise that the experience is worth getting out of bed extra early! 

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Presenting Sponsor


Gold Sponsors


Peter and Susan Aberg
John and Mary Beecherl
Sapphire Foundation, Inc.

Silver Sponsors


Trammell S. Crow
Ann Parrish
Rob and Marian Richmond
Andy and Patty Smith
Mike and Mary Terry
Phillip Wiggins

Bronze Sponsors

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Michele Bobadilla
Becky and Randy Clontz   
Holly Greef
Joan D. Hodges
Mignon Jones
Tom and Jennifer Karol
Jim and Candace Krause
Conway and Chris McDanald
Eugene McDermott Foundation
Murchison Capital Partners, L.P.
Scot and Anne O’Brien
Maurice and Diane Purnell
Maury and Kim Purnell
Steve and Cathy B. Saxon
MaryBeth Shapiro
Janet and Marc Schoenecker
Teri Walker
Shannon and Kimberly Wynne

Please join us to celebrate the Legacy of Literacy!

Thursday, October 27
7:30 to 9:00 am

Belo Mansion
2101 Ross Avenue
Complimentary parking

Legacy of Literacy Breakfast 2016 - Reserve your Table Now!


The 2016 Legacy of Literacy Breakfast will be held on October 27, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas. 

We are excited to have The Dallas Morning News return as our presenting sponsor and Dallas ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa as our keynote speaker. We will also be honoring longtime Aberg Center supporter KERA 90.1 Think Host Krys Boyd with the Aberg Literacy Advocate Award.

About Dr. Hinojosa - Dallas is home to Dr. Hinojosa. A graduate of Sunset High School, he started his career in education as a teacher and coach at W.H. Adamson High School. He has two sons who graduated from Hillcrest High School. He served an initial term as superintendent in Dallas ISD from 2005-2011, and returned as interim superintendent in July 2015. In October 2015, the Board of Trustees formally approved his return to the district as superintendent.  As someone who has experienced our public schools as a student, parent and leader, his expectations for Dallas ISD are high. He has implemented key initiatives, including the Teacher Excellence Initiative, more Public School Choice opportunities, and expanded Early Childhood and Career and Technical Education programs—all of which impact our Aberg Center families.

About Krys Boyd - Krys has been host and managing editor of the midday talk show Think since 2006. She began her career along the U.S.-Mexico border, working simultaneously at radio and television stations. A graduate of TCU, she returned to North Texas in 1999 and worked at Broadcast.com and Yahoo before joining KERA in 2001. At Think she has been a champion of literacy and has generously shared her time and talent with Aberg Center as a host and supporter of multiple organizational events, such as this Spring's Literacy in Motion.

To purchase your tickets or table for the Legacy for Literacy Breakfast CLICK HERE

For more information about Legacy of Literacy Breakfast please contact Shana Harrison at sharrison@abergcenter.org or 214-826-6501, ext. 105


New Aberg Center Location Approved for this Fall!


Aberg Center for Literacy and Casa Linda United Methodist have teamed up this fall to provide tuition free educational services to the Far East Dallas area.

The church is located at 1800 Barnes Bridge Avenue in Dallas, north-east of White Rock Lake, near the corner of Jupiter and Garland Rd. Casa Linda UMC were one of multiple locations explored over the summer.  Their church leadership, led by Rev. David Rangel, their large Spanish speaking congregation, and their energetic and committed parishioners made them the perfect partner for Aberg Center's second location. In addition, the heavily hispanic Casa Linda neighborhood had a great need for Aberg Center services and will, hopefully, prove fertile ground for it's expansion.

Programs at Casa Linda UMC will start in the Fall with English Fluency (ESL), Health and Financial Literacy classes. In the near future, Aberg Center hopes to add Early Childhood services, Computer Literacy, Employment Readiness, Adult Education in Spanish, and High School Equivalency (GED) in English. 

Registration will be between August 15th and Sept 2nd, from 9am-2pm, with classes starting the following week.

For more information contact Aberg Center for Literacy at 214-826-6501