From the Chair - August 30, 2013

After three very busy years of work, the Council's three-year grant from the Administration of Children and Families comes to an end on August 31, 2013. It's hard to believe that almost four years have passed since we started the process of writing our grant application...Read More

From the Chair - July 31, 2013

It's been a busy and exciting month for the Texas Early Learning Council, especially in the last few days. We are putting the final touches on our statewide public awareness campaign on the importance of early childhood and responsive caregiving, branded as "Little Texans. Big Futures." After many months of planning, our TV, radio, and online ads will start airing in Texas on Monday, August 5! If you live in Houston, Dallas, or the Lower Rio Grande Valley, you will see and hear the TV and radio ads over the next eight weeks. We have also secured time to air the TV commercials with local PBS stations across Texas, and our online campaign has a statewide reach....Read More

From the Chair - June 28, 2013

Summer is here! I hope you are enjoying the Texas heat with your family and friends across our great state. We’ve been very busy this month, completing projects and sharing resources in the final months of our grant, which ends on August 31, 2013. I hope you were able to join us at our Council meeting in Austin on May 31. After the public meeting, the Council had a lively discussion about our upcoming recommendations for a statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)...Read More

From the Chair - May 24, 2013

The month of May has flown by for us at the Council! We have been very busy all month working on some important projects, especially the Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines. With only a few months left on our grant, which ends on August 31, 2013, we will be sharing lots of new resources with you over the next few months. One of these new resources, the Texas Early Childhood Education Degree Articulation Agreement...Read More

From the Chair - April 29, 2013

Greetings! We spent the month of April reaching out to stakeholders across Texas to share a great opportunity with you - reserving free, printed copies of the Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines. We'd had over 1500 people and 60 state and local organizations request copies, more than 20,000 copies so far!...Read More

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project is Enrolling New Students Now!

Are you a teacher at a child care center who is interested in earning a scholarship to pursue an Associate's degree? Are you a home-based child care provider who is interested in earning a scholarship to pursue an Associate's degree? Are you interested in receiving a scholarship for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Assessment fee? The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project, operated by Texas AEYC, is enrolling new students for the Summer semester!...Read More

From the Chair - March 27, 2013

Happy Spring! I hope you had a wonderful spring break with your families and friends. March has been a very busy month for the Texas Early Learning Council. We started the month off with a major announcement, the release of the new, voluntary Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines! Thank you to everyone who has shared these Guidelines through email and social media....Read More

From the Chair - February 28, 2013

Greetings! I hope your February has been as exciting and rewarding as it has been for the Texas Early Learning Council. We have had a fast paced month and many successes we want to share with you. First, I would like to thank those of you that were able to attend our public meeting on February 22, 2013. We covered a great deal of topics and received excellent and thoughtful public comments from many of the participants. ...Read More

From the Chair - January 31, 2013

Happy New Year! 2013 started for us as I'm sure it did for many of you - very, very busy. In the past month, the Council completed two major projects - the QRIS Strategic Plan and the Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners and Administrators. In the next few weeks, we will be sharing even more exciting resources and information with you....Read More

From the Chair - December 20, 2012

2012 is coming to a close and the end of the Council's grant in August 2013 is quickly approaching. As I look forward to 2013, it's easy to see how much work is left to complete before the end of our grant. Our dedicated Council Members and staff are ready to complete this important work and continue to share our successes with you. We have lots of exciting things coming in January, including new documents and new RFP opportunities....Read More

From the Chair - November 29, 2012

I hope that each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family. Throughout this year, the Council has been very thankful for all the support and participation we receive from you, our stakeholders. Please accept our sincere thanks for all that you do to advance early learning in Texas and your support of the Council’s work. This month, we’ve had a strong commitment to our work in early childhood workforce and professional development. ...Read More

From the Chair - October 31, 2012

Happy Fall! The third year of our grant is shaping up to be very busy – and October has been no exception. I would like to thank everyone who attended our Council meeting on September 28 and the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) stakeholder meeting on October 18. All of this input from stakeholders is already impacting the Council’s decision-making ...Read More

From the Chair - September 27, 2012

The month of September has flown by! The Council has been very busy this month – from hosting statewide meetings to posting new Requests for Proposals. As we enter the third year of our grant, we are really beginning to celebrate some successes. ...Read More

From the Chair - August 30, 2012

My name is LaShonda Brown, and I have recently been appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as the Chair of the Texas Early Learning Council. I serve as the Director of the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office, housed at the Children's Learning Institute at UTHealth in Houston. I am honored to have been chosen to succeed Dr. John Gasko as Chair of the Texas Early Learning Council....Read More

Two Years Down, One Year to Go

The Council has one year left on our three-year grant. We have accomplished a great deal in the past two years, but there are still many goals to be reached....Read More

Governor Perry Announces the Appointment of LaShonda Brown as the Chair of the Council

Governor Rick Perry announced the appointment of LaShonda Brown as the new Chair of the Texas Early Learning Council....Read More

From the Chair - July 31, 2012

For every project, it is important that time is taken at periodic moments to reflect on progress, think of accomplishments, and give thanks to those that have contributed to success. As we enter the last month of the Fiscal Year 2012, the Council has had a great number of thanks to pass out. Most importantly, we are very thankful for the early care and education community in Texas. Amazing attention and support has been given to our project, which has helped us get the word out about important events, solicit critical feedback, and incorporate stakeholders into many of our projects. ...Read More

Public Comment Period for New Practitioner and Administrator Core Competencies Opens August 10!

The Council is very committed to supporting the early childhood workforce in Texas, and we will soon release new resources for early childhood professionals – new Core Competencies for Practitioners, and Administrators. The Council recently released the draft Infant and Toddler Early Learning Guidelines for public comment – the deadline to provide feedback is August 20, 2012. Next month, the Council will release another document for public comment – the draft Core Competencies for Administrators and Practitioners! The Council has been developing new Core Competencies over the past year, and we’re excited to release them to the public and receive your thoughts and comments. ...Read More

From the Chair - June 27, 2012

June has moved by very fast and we have seen a number of markers of progress during the month. A key thing that has emerged this month is that we are really going to need your help! At various points this summer, we will be soliciting feedback in a number of ways on key products that we are developing for the state of Texas. Please consider committing some of your valuable time to reviewing documents or participating in some of our stakeholder processes. ...Read More

Get Ready for the New Texas Trainer Registry!

The Council has been busy developing the new Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS) – a very exciting update to the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System. TECPDS will house the Texas Trainer Registry, as well as an all-new Workforce Registry for early care and education professionals in Texas. ...Read More

From the Chair - May 30, 2012

The month of May has been a time of determination for the Texas Early Learning Council. Many of our projects are in those critical middle phases of project development that can seem unending. Council Members, staff, and stakeholders have all been demonstrating a significant amount of fortitude during this phase of the Council’s work. ...Read More

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project

As you may recall, the Council recently went through an extensive process to reinvest funding from the TOTS project to new initiatives. One of our new initiatives is a very exciting partnership with the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (Texas AEYC) to provide funding to the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project. The Council is very committed to supporting early childhood professionals in Texas, and, this partnership allows the Council to actively support professional development opportunities for early childhood professionals in our state! ...Read More

Governor Perry Announces New Appointments to the Council

Governor Rick Perry announced the appointments of Michele Adams and Jonel Huggins to the Texas Early Learning Council....Read More

From the Chair - April 30, 2012

Recently, I presented at a Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition event at the Texas Capitol. My presentation focused on a number of items. However, one seemed to stand out to the crowd more than others, and that was the concept of (in)visible 50%. Did you know that almost 50% of children in Texas are in home-based early childhood settings?......Read More

Texas Early Childhood Worker Compensation Study

In order to support the Council's goal to create a highly qualified and prepared workforce, the Subcommittee will complete a research study on the compensation and retention of early childhood professionals in Texas. This compensation study will provide objective evidence about compensation and retention of early childhood workers in Texas......Read More

From the Chair - March 28, 2012

A tremendous amount of work has been completed by the Council in the month of March. We have delivered presentations, signed contracts, and completed drafts of deliverables. We have moved the ball significantly on some of our major projects. The Council has finished its process in making new funding decisions, and our new investments are described in the A Closer Look article....Read More

The Council Announces New Initiatives

As you may recall from last November, the Council has been working to reinvest funding previously reserved for The On-Track System (TOTS) project. Over the past few months, the Council has deliberated the reinvestment of this funding into our current initiatives and locating new initiatives that would also support our goal to improve school readiness in Texas. Click to learn more about each of our new projects....Read More

Letter from the Chair - February 28, 2012

As you may know, the Council has been deliberating on ideas for the reinvestment of funds. In December 2011, Council Members heard testimony from stakeholders on this matter, and, by January 15, 2012, individual Council Members submitted proposals to the Council at large. These proposals were discussed during a call on January 27, 2012. At the end of the call, the Council Members voted on the proposals. Of the six reinvestment proposals, four were approved by the Council....Read More

February 2012: Mid-Grant Initiative Updates

February is flying by. There is a lot of work to do on the Council’s plan, and we are starting to feel the crunch. In case you were not aware, the Council must complete all of its initiatives by August 31, 2013. Now that we have reached the half way point of Fiscal Year 2012, it is important for us to look at what we have done and where we still need to go. Read more for an update on the status of all of our current projects and what is coming up on the horizon. ...Read More

Letter from the Chair - January 31, 2012

2012 is going to be a busy year for the Texas Early Learning Council. In the last month, our staff has posted two Requests for Proposals. Other exciting Council efforts underway include our upcoming reinvestment decisions and our work on new core competencies for early care and education professionals in Texas. As always, we will keep you posted about the next steps as they unfold. ...Read More

Happy Holidays from the Council!

This holiday season, the Texas Early Learning Council would like to thank you for your continued support for out important work to improve school readiness in Texas. In the New Year, we look forward to continuing our work together to enhance early care and education for children in our state....Read More

Letter from the Chair - December 21, 2011

I want to thank those of you who attended our meeting in Austin on December 2, 2011. Although I could not be there, I have received a great deal of positive feedback about the meeting. 2011 was a great and challenging year for the Council. One thing I have learned from this experience is that this work is not easy. Thankfully, we have a committed staff and thoughtful and engaged Council members to get this challenging work done. ...Read More

Looking Forward to 2012

2011 was an exciting year for the Texas Early Learning Council! We have made great progress on many of our initiatives to improve school readiness in Texas. Each of our Subcommittees has produced great work, and the Council looks forward to continuing our important work in 2012. Read more about the Council's work in 2012 on each of our initiatives, organized by Subcommittee....Read More

From the Chair - November 29, 2011

The Council has accomplished a great deal in the month of November. Staff has put the final touches on our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2011, which I encourage you to read and distribute through your networks. The Council posted two Requests for Proposals, as well. ...Read More

From the Chair - October 27, 2011

The month of October has been one of transitions for the Texas Early Learning Council. If you have been receiving our email updates or you attended our recent webinar, you know by now that the Council has decided to change directions....Read More

From the Chair - September 27, 2011

Council activities in September have primarily focused on early childhood data. Council staff, Council members, stakeholders, and agency participants have gathered for 7 important Joint Requirements Planning sessions for The on Track System (TOTS)....Read More

The On-Track System (TOTS) Strategic Plan

The TOTS Strategic Plan is an important resource for the development of TOTS, informing the Council's sessions with early childhood stakeholders and subject matter experts. ...Read More

Press Release - Texas Early Learning Council Awards Grants to Four Communities to Improve Local School Readiness in Texas

The Texas Early Learning Council is pleased to announce the award of grants to four Texas communities for the Texas Community Campaign for School Readiness: United Way of Southern Cameron County, United Way of El Paso County, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and North Texas Area United Way. ...Read More

From the Chair - August 31, 2011

The Council reached a few great milestones in the month of August. First, we closed our search for communities to participate in the Texas Community Campaign for School Readiness. Another giant step we took in August was the completion of our first draft of a strategic plan for the Texas On Track System (TOTS), an integrated early childhood data exchange system....Read More

From the Chair - July 28, 2011

July was another incredibly busy month for the Texas Early Learning Council. We conducted two very important events in July. The first was a plenary session at the Texas Early Childhood Leadership Summit, held at the Austin Convention Center. The other event we conducted was a day-long Summit on Early Childhood Data Systems to learn more about the power and importance of early childhood data systems....Read More

Press Release - Texas Early Learning Council Announces Early Childhood Data Summit in Austin

The Texas Early Learning Council will host an Early Childhood Data Summit to solicit critical stakeholder feedback on The On-Track System (TOTS), an in-development, integrated, comprehensive early childhood data collection system for Texas. ...Read More

From the Chair - June 30, 2011

The Council is continuing to move forward on many of our important goals. I am particularly excited to report about efforts on our Data Systems project. We are also excited to report that we released Where Do We Go From Here: Designing a Quality Rating and Improvement System in Texas, an in-depth working paper that maps out the Texas early care and education system, and broaches important subjects relevant to the development of a QRIS in our state....Read More

Texas Community Campaign for School Readiness

The Texas Community Campaign for School Readiness (TCCSR) will fund communities in Texas to assess their specific early childhood needs and to implement system improvements at the community level. Grantees will partner with local school districts to assess the kindergarten children in their community over two years, using the Early Development Instrument (EDI). After collecting data on the vulnerabilities of children in their communities, lead agencies will strategize around the data to improve school readiness, locally....Read More

Press Release - Texas Early Learning Council to Conduct First Statewide Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment in 40 Years

The Texas Early Learning Council is pleased to announce the award of a new contract to the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University, to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment study of the early care and education system in Texas. ...Read More

New Infant and Toddler Early Learning Guidelines coming to Texas!

What should Infants and Toddlers know and be able to do? The Texas Early Learning Council is working with the National Infant and Toddler Child Care Initiative at ZERO-TO-THREE and a broad group of Texas-based stakeholders to develop new Infant and Toddler Early Learning Guidelines (ITELG) for the state of Texas....Read More

From the Chair - May 31, 2011

The Texas Early Learning Council has taken remarkable strides towards accomplishing our major goals over the last month. We are working very hard to improve school readiness in Texas! The entire Council and myself are grateful for all the contributions made so far by stakeholders, subject matter experts, and other partners in the important work we are doing....Read More

Save The Date: 2011 Texas Early Childhood Leadership Summit - July 12-15

The 2011 Texas Early Childhood Leadership Summit will bring together early childhood leaders from different sectors (public school, Head Start, community-based settings, and child care) to discuss innovations in early childhood policy and practice. ...Read More

From the Chair - April 20, 2011

April has been a busy but rewarding month for the Texas Early Learning Council. The Council is moving quickly to meet its ambitious goals; however, one of our priorities is to ensure that we hear sufficient feedback and input from the community on the efforts we are enacting. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, input, or clarifications needed on any of the projects we are engaged in....Read More

Defining the path for early care and education career development

The Council will develop a career ladder for early care and education professionals. Also known as a career ladder or career pathway, career ladders define the relationship between education, work experience, and ongoing professional development for early childhood professionals, from entry-level staff to experienced professionals with advanced degrees. ...Read More

From the Chair - March 25, 2011

The Texas Early Learning Council is moving rapidly to implement important projects aimed at improving school readiness in our state, and we are gaining knowledge along the way. Council Members recently visited the United Way in Wichita Falls, Texas to investigate community level school readiness assessments....Read More

Bridging the gap between programs with the Texas Early Learning Standards "Crosswalk" tool

The Texas Early Learning Council will create an online early care and education "crosswalk" tool. The "crosswalk" will allow early childhood stakeholders to readily investigate and compare competing sets of regulations and standards operating in Texas early care and education. The tool will be designed for multiple audiences (Parents, Providers, and Policymakers), and each audience will have the ability to query a database of program standards on key variables such as safety standards, staff qualifications, curriculum, etc....Read More

Data Feasibility Proposals have been received

The Texas Early Learning Council released an Invitation for Offer for Consultant Services Related to the Development of an Integrated Early Childhood Information Exchange System (IFO No. 744-1108). Over the course of the project, the selected vendor will formulate a strategic plan, based on statewide stakeholder feedback, to achieve information sharing among various entities. ...Read More

Needs Assessment RFP coming soon!

The Texas Early Learning Council will soon be releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for assistance to conduct a statewide needs assessment study. Over the course of the study, the selected vendor will examine the current population and demographic picture of Texas using the 2010 Census data and will determine the capacity and quality of early care and education programs using a variety of data sources....Read More

Texas is poised to be a national leader in early childhood data systems integration.

The development of a robust early childhood information exchange system is critical to reducing the effect of program silos and increasing coordination and collaboration across the early care and education spectrum in our state. Through the Texas Early Learning Council, Texas not only has the opportunity, but also the responsibility to provide parents, school districts and other community-based early childhood education stakeholders, and policymakers with the information and tools they need to ensure that children in Texas are ready for school and on-track to succeed....Read More

Texas to conduct first comprehensive, statewide early childhood education and care needs assessment in 40 years.

Texas has not conducted a comprehensive, statewide needs assessment concerning the quality and availability of early education and care programs in more than 40 years. A key priority of the Texas Early Learning Council is to update our state's understanding of the school readiness needs of its young children....Read More

Texas Early Learning Council held its first public meeting of 2011 on January 27 in Austin.

The Texas Early Learning Council held its first public meeting of 2011 on Thursday, January 27th in Austin. ...Read More

The State Board of Education recently issued Proclamation 2011

The State Board of Education recently issued Proclamation 2011 outlining the approved instructional materials for public schools in Texas. The board approved instructional materials for a range of grades and subject areas, including Prekindergarten systems, for the 2011-2012 school year....Read More

Have You Checked Out The Texas Trainer Registry?

The Texas Trainer Registry (TTR) is a component of the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System (TECECDS). It is a web-based, searchable database that lists approved Texas-based trainers (mostly) in the field of early childhood/child development and their courses....Read More

The Texas Early Learning Council released an Invitation for Offer

The Texas Early Learning Council released an Invitation for Offer for Consultant Services Related to the Development of an Integrated Early Childhood Information Exchange System (IFO No. 744-1108). Over the course of the project, the selected vendor will formulate a strategic plan based on statewide stakeholder feedback to achieve information sharing among various entities....Read More

From the Chair - February 18, 2011

After a year of careful planning, the Governor's Texas Early Learning Council has begun implementing a variety of strategies intended to improve the school readiness of our youngest citizens. Some have called our plans ambitious; some have called them impressive; some have called them unrealistic. Regardless, the Council has been very deliberate and intentional to ensure that we use the resources and talents provided to us to meet important needs in our communities, our schools and centers, our homes, and within the various systems that regularly impact families and children....Read More

Council Job Posting: Public Policy Intern

The Texas Early Learning Council, housed at the Children’s Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), is seeking a Public Policy Intern. The intern will work under the supervision of the Council’s Manager and collaborate with Council staff and Governor appointed Council Members, as well as representatives from Texas state agencies and commissions to complete projects. ...Read More

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