From the Chair

Happy New Year!  2013 started for us, as I'm sure it did for many of you, very, very busy.  In the past month, the Council completed two major projects - the QRIS Strategic Plan and the Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners and Administrators.  In the next few weeks, we will be sharing even more exciting resources and information with you.

This month, the Council devoted significant time to our projects under the Workforce and Professional Development Subcommittee.  A key component of the new Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS) was completed and shared with the early childhood field - the new  Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners and Administrators.  These Core Competencies replace the Core Knowledge and Skills Areas (CKAs) and will be the basis of TECPDS, guiding trainings for early childhood professionals.   Look for the Council to release a Request for Proposals later this week to hire a consultant to design and build TECPDS - a major undertaking.  Finally, the new  Career Lattice is being finalized and will be released in February...Read More

A Closer Look

Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System

For over two years, the Council has been working on the development of a new career development system for early care and education professionals in Texas, the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS).  Building on the work of the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System, this new professional development system will include a workforce registry, access to trainings, and new features to support career advancement.

The Council recently released a Request for Proposals to design and build TECPDS, which will launch later this year. Although the system isn't built yet, the Council has been developing the supplemental resources for TECPDS over the last two years.  This month, we released one key component of TECPDS:

We also have several new resources that will be posted on our website in the next few weeks:

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Community Feedback

Did you know that the Council has a statewide early childhood calendar on our website? The calendar features opportunities for early childhood stakeholders, especially parents, professionals, and policymakers, to participate in national, state, and local early childhood events, including meetings, conferences, and conventions. If you have an event to include on the calendar, please Contact Us. Thank you for helping us expand our new early childhood calendar and check back often to view upcoming events!

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What are we Reading?

Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners and Administrators

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2012 National Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI)

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