From the Chair
Summer is here! I hope you are enjoying the Texas heat with your family and friends across our great state. We’ve been very busy this month, completing projects and sharing resources in the final months of our grant, which ends on August 31, 2013. I hope you were able to join us at our Council meeting in Austin on May 31. After the public meeting, the Council had a lively discussion about our upcoming recommendations for a statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). We just started writing the recommendations, which will be ready later in the summer.
I hope you had a chance to view the new Spanish version of the Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Administrators and Practitioners, las Competencias Básicas de Texas de la Primera Infancia para Profesionales y Administradores. We are pleased to offer the Core Competencies to the Spanish-speaking and bilingual early childhood professionals in Texas.
In the past month, I have traveled to several conferences in Texas to discuss the Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines...Read More
A Closer Look
New Community Strategic Plans from the Texas Community Campaign for School Readiness
The Texas Early Learning Council released a Request for Proposals (RFP) in June 2011, seeking to support Texas communities in identifying and responding to their early childhood needs. The Council selected four deserving Texas communities to participate in the Texas Community Campaign for School Readiness. Each lead agency received a 2-year grant from the Council to assess the early childhood systems in their community using the Early Development Instrument (EDI) and create a sustainability plan for systematic change. We've been working with the United Way of El Paso County, United Way of Southern Cameron County, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and North Texas Area United Way on this exciting project for the last two years!
TCCSR Sustainability Plans
After nearly two years of work, the four TCCSR communities recently prepared sustainability plans to guide their efforts in early childhood systems change in the future. These strategic plans describe the early childhood landscape in each community and provide a summary of the data from the Early Development Instrument (EDI) that each community collected over the past two years. The EDI data, which is provided through community maps, is available for each TCCSR community on our website.
Together with a group of local early childhood stakeholders, each TCCSR lead agency prepared a sustainability plan that details their goals for the children and the early childhood system in their communities. Each TCCSR lead agency reviewed the EDI from the children in their community and prepared a plan to respond to their unique needs...Read More
Texas Early Childhood Program Standards Comparison Tool
The Texas Early Childhood Program Standards Comparison Tool was launched in late March 2013. Have you had a chance to check out the Comparison Tool? Before the Council's grant ends in August, we want to hear from you! How can we improve the Comparison Tool? Are there any resources we can add to the Comparison Tool?
Contact Us with your thoughts and comments.
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