From the Chair

April has been a busy but rewarding month for the Texas Early Learning Council. I am happy to announce that we will soon begin phase I of the development of an integrated early childhood health and education information system, which we are calling The On-Track System (TOTS). During this phase we will assess the feasibility of developing a state-of-the-art early childhood health and education data system that seeks to integrate relevant data sources from multiple state, federal and local agencies in order to provide critical and precise information to educators, parents, and policymakers about the school readiness needs of Texas children. Read More

A Closer Look

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 lattice 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. The goal of the tool is to provide early care and education professionals with clear paths of professional development and career planning. As early care and education professionals progress in their development, through formal education, trainings, and work experience, they will be able to chart their progress on the career ladder.  Read More

Community Feedback

The Texas Early Learning Council is working closely with ZERO TO THREE and a talented group of stakeholders from across the state to develop Infant and Toddler Early Learning Guidelines for Texas. Recently the steering committee for this project brainstormed ways to partner with groups in Texas to reach more parents and families in both the development and distribution of the new Guidelines. What are your thoughts regarding parental outreach?

Please visit our Contact Us page to provide us with your ideas.

News & Updates

PBS Launches Autism Series (video)

FY2011 Federal Budget brings good news for early education

SBOE Members: Why not use the Permanent School Fund?

Legislature Acts to Help Increase Daycare Inspections

What are we Reading?

Latino Access to Preschool Stalls after Earlier Gains

Quality in Early Childhood Education Settings: A Compendium of Measures

The Economics of Early Childhood Policy: What the Dismal Science Has to Say About Investing in Children

School Readiness and Later Achievement

Promising State Child Care Quality and Infant/Toddler Initiatives

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