From the Chair

2012 is coming to a close and the end of the Council's grant in August 2013 is quickly approaching.  As I look forward to 2013, it's easy to see how much work is left to complete before the end of our grant. Our dedicated Council Members and staff are ready to complete this important work and continue to share our successes with you.  We have lots of exciting things coming in January, including new documents and new RFP opportunities.

As you may have seen in an email on Monday, the Council released an RFP to complete the design and development of the marketing materials for our statewide public awareness campaign.  Another RFP is coming in January to develop the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System.  If you know of qualified individuals and organizations that could be interested in applying, please share these opportunities.

On December 5, 2012, the Council hosted an early childhood policy meeting at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Charting Texas' Future: An Open House at the Capitol.  Welcoming legislative staffers and early childhood policymakers and advocates...Read More

A Closer Look

Charting Texas' Early Childhood Future: An Open House at the Capitol

On December 5, 2012, the Texas Early Learning Council hosted an early childhood policy open house at the Texas Capitol in Austin.  The Council shared our work and invited early childhood stakeholders and legislative staff to join in a discussion on the sustainability of our most relevant initiatives to improve school readiness in Texas and support the early childhood workforce.

Visit our Facebook page to view pictures from the event.

The Council invited legislative staff and other early childhood stakeholders to learn about our initiatives and discuss sustainability before the Texas Legislature opens its next session in January 2013.  The Council's grant will end in August 2013, and the sustainability of our initiatives is becoming increasingly important.  The meeting at the Capitol was an opportunity to share our work and begin to discuss the sustainability of these initiatives...Read More

Community Feedback

Comparison Tool Coming Soon!

The new Texas Early Childhood Standards Comparison Tool will be available online early next year!  The comparison tool will allow users to easily search and compare early childhood standards from different state and federal program standards, as well as national and state accreditations.  We're currently working on marketing materials for the comparison tool, especially finding organizations and agencies that would be willing to share the comparison tool with their stakeholders.  Would you be willing to share the comparison tool with your networks?  If so, please email us!  We'll forward this information to you in early February.

News & Updates

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