From the Chair
My name is LaShonda Brown, and I have recently been appointed by
Governor Rick Perry to serve as the Chair of the Texas Early
Learning Council. I serve as the Director of the Texas Head Start
State Collaboration Office, housed at the Children's Learning
Institute at UTHealth in Houston. In addition to serving as the
chair of the Collaborations and Standards Subcommittee, I am also a
member of the Workforce and Professional Development Subcommittee.
I am honored to have been chosen to succeed Dr. John Gasko as Chair
of the Texas Early Learning Council.
John Gasko should be recognized for his leadership over the last
three years. As a leader in Texas early care and education, Dr.
Gasko has made significant contributions to the state. With regards
to the Council, he lead our extensive grant application process,
designing a comprehensive plan for the Council, helping Texas to
receive the largest award in the country. I am pleased Dr. Gasko
will continue to serve as an appointed member of the Council and as
the Chair of the Parental Outreach and Communications Subcommittee.
Some of the key successes of Dr. Gasko's tenure as Chair of the
Council include Read More...
A Closer Look
Two Years Down, One Year to Go...
The end of August 2012 is the end of the second year of the
Council's three-year grant. We have accomplished a great deal
in the past two years, but there are still many goals to be
reached. The Council has been very active during the second
year of our grant. We have one more active year ahead of us
as we work to complete our initiatives. Learn more about the
current status of all our initiatives and all the work we will
complete in the next year.
Organized by Subcommittee, the following is a listing of our
initiatives with the work that is currently underway and the work
that will be completed in the next year. There will be
multiple opportunities for stakeholders to participate in our
initiatives, from public stakeholder meetings to reviewing
documents in public comment periods. Read More...
The Council recently posted two documents for public comment:
new, voluntary Infant and Toddler Early Learning Guidelines and new
Core Competencies for Administrators and Practitioners.
(The Core Competencies are still available for review!) If you
had an opportunity to provide feedback on one or both of these
documents, what are your thoughts on the process? Did you find the
online survey to be easy or difficult to navigate? Is there an
easier way to reach stakeholders and collect public feedback?
Contact Us with your thoughts and
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