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), in
order to collaboratively define the requirements and specifications
of the Council's goals for an integrated early childhood data
system. The Council is extremely grateful for the time and
effort JRP session participants have invested in this process; it
means a lot to us and to the future of early childhood in
Texas. Thank you all. The Council also reached an
important milestone related to TOTS during September-our
consultants on the project produced the TOTS Strategic Plan which
presents key decisions, opportunities, and challenges in making
TOTS a reality. If you have unanswered questions about TOTS,
this document will really help clear up any blind spots on the
project. Council members are meeting soon to make some key
decisions related to the TOTS. Stay tuned.
I am also excited to report that the Council recently conducted
a kick off call with the participants in the Texas Community
Campaign for School Readiness. The selected communities are
really fired up about their opportunities, and the Council is very
happy to be a part of this. Nationwide, these communities are
getting great attention; in fact, I recently participated in a
national call in which these communities' efforts were being held
up as models for other communities and states to follow in their
approaches to improving early childhood systems.
This is very difficult work. The Council is honored by the
all the stakeholders and participants in our workgroups, projects,
and initiatives. Thank you all for joining us in this effort
to improve school readiness in our state.
John W. Gasko, Ph.D.