From the Chair

Recently, I presented at a Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition event at the Texas Capitol.  My presentation focused on a number of items.  However, one seemed to stand out to the crowd more than others, and that was the concept of (in)visible 50%.  Did you know that almost 50% of children in Texas are in home-based early childhood settings?  Now, certainly, Texas has done a great deal to reach out to these children and increase the quality of care in these settings overall.  For instance, the Texas Rising Star program has incentivized many licensed child care home and registered child care homes to exceed the state's minimum child care standards.  Additionally, the Texas AgriLife Extension Serviceonline program offers a whole suite of trainings available at a low-cost to all types of child care professionals in the state.  The Texas Early Learning Council will work to build on these efforts and really focus on strategies that penetrate down into these child care systems that are so hard to reach with traditional models of quality improvement and outreach.  Let me explain some of our approaches. Read More...

A Closer Look

New Study of the Texas Early Childhood Workforce Will Provide Data on Compensation and Retention

One of the Council's four priority areas is Workforce and Professional Development. In order to support the Council's goal to create a highly qualified and prepared workforce, the Subcommittee will complete a research study on the compensation and retention of early childhood professionals in Texas. This compensation study will provide objective evidence about compensation and retention of early childhood workers in Texas. The knowledge learned through this compensation study will also support the development of a major initiative of the Council, the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS).

The purpose of the compensation study is to gather accurate information about the wages of child care workers, as well as the retention of these workers. The survey will gather compensation and retention data from home-based providers, center directors, and center workers. To gather a complete picture of the compensation of all child care workers, the final report may also include information about the compensation of public school pre-k teachers and Head Start teachers. Read More...

Community Feedback

The Council is currently working to develop recommendations to inform the design and implementation of a statewide, cross-sector QRIS for Texas.  To collect information from parents, providers, and policymakers, the Council will host several stakeholder meetings about the Texas QRIS.  The first QRIS stakeholder meeting will take place in late summer or early fall, with other meetings to follow.  We want to hear from you!  Are you interested in participating in these meetings?  Please Contact Us with your name and email address to be added to the invitation list.

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