From the Chair

Greetings!  I hope your February has been as exciting and rewarding as it has been for the Texas Early Learning Council.  We have had a fast paced month and many successes we want to share with you.  First, I would like to thank those of you that were able to attend our public meeting on February 22, 2013.  We covered a great deal of topics and received excellent and thoughtful public comments from many of the participants.  If there is one thing I took away from the meeting, it's that early childhood stakeholders in Texas are very interested in moving forward with a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).  How we get there, however, is a question that not everyone answers the same way.  The Council worked on QRIS for 6 hours after the public portion of the meeting, and I was pleased and impressed with my fellow Council Members.  We made a great deal of headway on some critical questions that the state must answer on QRIS.  I believe the Council will be able to produce a useful set of recommendations for the state of Texas regarding QRIS.  These should be ready by mid Summer...Read More

A Closer Look

the Texas Higher Education Articulation Agreements Toolkit Is Coming Soon!

The Council is committed to supporting early childhood professionals, including those who are working to further their education in child development and early childhood education.  The Council has two projects focusing on higher education, the higher education capacity survey and a toolkit for higher education articulation agreements. We look forward to the completion of this important project in March 2013, and distribution of the toolkit in April 2013.

In higher education, an articulation agreement is an agreement between institutions of higher education that matches courses between institutions.  Often, these are agreements between two-year institutions (such as community colleges) and four-year institutions (universities).  Without an articulation agreement, students could be required to repeat coursework when transferring to another institution, increasing the time it takes to complete a degree and the cost of the degree.  The toolkit will be a resource for higher education institutions to coordinate with other institutions and create better articulation agreements for their students.

After extensive research and input from stakeholders across Texas, most importantly from many higher education institutions, the Council's consultant submitted the first two phases of this project.  These reports were recently posted to our website - click to view the first deliverable (a review of higher education articulation agreements and stakeholder survey data) and the second deliverable (an analysis of articulation agreements in higher education early childhood programs in Texas.)  Check back soon for the final deliverable, the higher education articulation agreements toolkit. We hope to share this resource by mid-April 2013...Read More

Community Feedback

Last week, the Council hosted a public meeting in Austin and asked the public to testify on some specific issues related to a statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).  Specifically, the Council asked for feedback from the public on these important issues:

  • The relationship between child care reimbursement rates and quality improvement
  • The role of national accreditation in a future Texas Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
  • The pros and cons of a multi-sector (pre-k, Head Start, and child care) QRIS

We appreciate your feedback on these important issues.  If you were not able to attend the meeting, but would like to offer your thoughts, please Contact Us.  We will use your comments to draft the Council's final recommendations on QRIS in the coming months.

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What are we Reading?

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For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence

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