Texas Early Learning 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.  Last fall, Phase I of TOTS, an early childhood data exchange system, revealed critical feasibility issues and barriers to implementation of the system.   In response, the Council decided not to continue with Phase II of the project, design and implementation, and instead write recommendations to the Governor to inform the implementation of TOTS in the future.

The Council devoted significant resources to Phase II of TOTS for the design and implementation of the system.  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.  We also received input from the public at our last Council meeting in December 2011 on prospective initiatives.

The Council has made its decisions regarding reinvestment of TOTS.  Each of the Council's new initiatives falls into the scope of one of our subcommittees: Data and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, Collaborations and Standards, Parental Outreach and Communications, and Workforce and Professional Development.   The Council had received tentative verbal support from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the federal agency that awarded our grant, to move forward with these new initiatives.  We do not anticipate any major barriers or problems from ACF on these changes to our grant, but we are still waiting for final approval.  Click the links to learn more about each of these new initiatives on our website:

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

The Council will provide funding to TAEYC to award T.E.A.C.H.®  scholarships to child care workers to pursue higher education and stipends to their employers.  Learn more about the T.E.A.C.H.® program on the TAEYC website.

Statewide Public Outreach Campaign on School Readiness

The Council will double the amount of funding reserved for the public outreach campaign on school readiness, which will begin in the 3rd year of our grant.  The additional funding will allow for a comprehensive, multimedia, multi-lingual outreach campaign on the importance of school readiness and brain development.

Trainings for the new Texas Core Competencies

The Council will fund the development of training modules for early childhood professionals on the new Core Competencies.  The training modules will showcase the value of the Core Competencies and their proper use among early care and education professionals.

BEECH en Español

The Council will provide funding for an additional research study of the BEECH intervention for 180 Spanish-speaking, home-based child care providers in Harris County.  This exciting research study conducted entirely in Spanish is a first-of-its-kind!

Visit our website to learn more about the Council's initiatives and our work to improve school readiness in Texas.  Contact us if you have any questions about our new initiatives.

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