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From the Chair

The Texas Early Learning Council is moving rapidly to implement important projects aimed at improving school readiness in our state, and we are gaining knowledge along the way.  Council Members recently visited the United Way in Wichita Falls,Texas to investigate community level school readiness assessments; our Council Manager, Don Titcombe traveled to Washington DC to learn the most up to date trends in early care and education and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems in the country; I recently returned from Yale University were I spoke on a panel at the Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference on ensuring quality in early childhood programs.  The scope of the work included in the Texas Early Learning Council's three year plan to improve school readiness in our state requires that the Council continue to expand its knowledge of early childhood research and trends.  I encourage you to continue to learn along with us.  Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Also be sure to take a look at some of the pieces in our "What are we Reading" section of all of our INSIGHT e-newsletters. Read More


A Closer Look

Bridging the gap between programs with the Texas Early Learning Standards "Crosswalk" tool.

Early care and education programs in Texas follow different standards: Head Start Program Performance Standards, Child Care Licensing Minimum Standards, or local school district standards. Programs must also navigate a complex system of options for quality improvement efforts. Child Care providers serving subsidized children may participate in the Texas Rising Star program, while public schools, Head Start, and child care may all participate in the Texas School Ready! Program. Multiple organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP), the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and others offer voluntary quality accreditation services. Standards and review processes vary considerably among these quality improvement strategies, as well.

Parents, providers, and policymakers struggle with this confusing landscape of regulations and standards. For parents, the complicated choices related to selecting quality care are made more confusing. For providers, knowledge is needed on where standards overlap and where they depart, as the push for collaboration among child care, Head Start, and Public Schools has increased dramatically in recent times. The future of early care and education is integrated mixed delivery systems, which requires that all sectors have a shared understanding of each other's program requirements. Finally, policymakers must be given the tools to understand the competing definitions of program quality operating throughout early care and education in order to make informed decisions related to program funding. Read More


Community Feedback

Almost 50% of Texas Children are cared for in home-based early childhood settings. The Texas Early Learning Council wants to improve the quality of this sector.  What do you think are the most critical needs home-based early childhood settings like registered and licensed child care homes?

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News & Updates

Houston City Council member proposes home day care operator registration and annual inspections

Hispanics attain majority in Texas Schools

New National Report Ranking State Child Care Center Regulation and Oversight

Texas Association of Business: “Texas must fund Proven Pre-K Programs”

Education Service Center Region 2 unveils center for early childhood education

What are we Reading?


Child-Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: What Can We Learn from Early Adopters?


School Readiness Resource Guide and Toolkit


Regulation, subsidy receipt and provider characteristics: what predicts quality in child care homes


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