Letter 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.  In addition to serving as the chair of the Collaborations and Standards Subcommittee, I am also a member of the Workforce and Professional Development Subcommittee.  I am honored to have been chosen to succeed Dr. John Gasko as Chair of the Texas Early Learning Council.

John Gasko should be recognized for his leadership over the last three years. As a leader in Texas early care and education, Dr. Gasko has made significant contributions to the state. With regards to the Council, he lead our extensive grant application process, designing a comprehensive plan for the Council, helping Texas to receive the largest award in the country.  I am pleased Dr. Gasko will continue to serve as an appointed member of the Council and as the Chair of the Parental Outreach and Communications Subcommittee.  Some of the key successes of Dr. Gasko's tenure as Chair of the Council include:

I look forward to working with you as the Council enters the final year of our three-year grant.  We have many initiatives that will require your input to be as useful and meaningful to the early childhood field as possible.  Thank you for all that you do to support the Council and early childhood in Texas.


LaShonda Y. Brown

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