From the Chair
It's been a busy and exciting month for the Texas Early Learning Council, especially in the last few days. We are putting the final touches on our statewide public awareness campaign on the importance of early childhood and responsive caregiving, branded as "Little Texans. Big Futures." After many months of planning, our TV, radio, and online ads will start airing in Texas on Monday, August 5! If you live in Houston, Dallas, or the Lower Rio Grande Valley, you will see and hear the TV and radio ads over the next eight weeks. We have also secured time to air the TV commercials with local PBS stations across Texas, and our online campaign has a statewide reach.
We created a new website for the public awareness campaign, which will include a new online tool to view the Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines, new parenting guides based on the Guidelines, information about selecting quality child care and the importance of screening for developmental delays, and all of the TV and radio ads from the awareness campaign!...Read More
A Closer Look
Partners in Action: A New Resource to Support Mentoring in Child Care Programs
Research shows the positive value of mentoring and coaching for early childhood education professionals, but not all programs are able to participate in mentoring programs offered in Texas, such as Texas School Ready To fill this void, the Council created a new mentoring toolkit, known as "Partners in Action," so that programs can set-up "in-house" mentoring programs to support their staff and continuous quality improvement.
As part of the Council's commitment to supporting collaboration and early childhood program quality improvement, the Council created "Partners in Action; A Mentoring Toolkit for Early Childhood Providers." This toolkit is intended to help early childhood programs create and set up their own "in-house" mentoring projects. The toolkit also includes supplemental tools and resource sets to assist early childhood programs to set-up their own mentoring programs.
Click here to visit our website to download the toolkit and all the tools and resource sets.
Little Texans. Big Futures.
Did you receive one of the 37,000 copies of the Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines that we mailed out across Texas in the last few months? After two busy years of development, we want to hear how you used the Guidelines, as a parent, grandparent, caregiver, early childhood education provider, etc. Have the Guidelines helped you provide better care for your children or in your practice?
We want to hear from you! Tell us your stories via email, or visit our Facebook page, Little Texans. Big Futures.
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