Letter from the Chair - September 27, 2012

The month of September has flown by!  The Council has been very busy - 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. Check out our 2012 Annual Report to read summaries of all the work we've completed in the last two years.  We appreciate your participation in our initiatives!

At the end of the month, the Council will meet and make decisions about many of our initiatives, including the The On-Track System (TOTS) recommendations and Infant and Toddler Early Learning Guidelines (ITELG).  We hope to have these two documents to you soon!  The Council and staff will spend the month of October reviewing the ITELG and finalizing the document.  Look for announcements on our website and through email.

Another one of our projects, recommendations to the Governor for a statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), is progressing very well.  With Texans Care for Children, the Council hosted a stakeholder meeting in Austin.  Thank you to everyone who joined us in Austin and those who responded to the recent QRIS online stakeholder surveys.  Look for another survey in October.  Your responses are very important to the development of our recommendations to the Governor.  We received over 450 responses to our first QRIS survey and this information is being used directly in the development of the QRIS recommendations.

Also, please review our new Request for Proposals for a business analyst.  We are looking for a consultant to conduct stakeholder meetings and use this information to develop a set of business requirements for new online training modules.  The online modules will support ECE professionals as they integrate the new Texas Early Childhood Core Competencies into their professional practice.  We will have additional RFPs posting soon for other initiatives.

Thank you for your continued support of the Council and our work to improve school readiness in Texas.

Sincerely,

LaShonda Y. Brown

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