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From the Chair

A tremendous amount of work has been completed by the Council in the month of March. We have delivered presentations, signed contracts, and completed drafts of deliverables. We have moved the ball significantly on some of our major projects. First, on our work to develop new voluntary Infant and Toddler Early Learning Guidelines, we have signed a contract with Richards/Carlberg to conduct market research on how new and expecting parents access, receive, and utilize information on child development, and to design a marketing approach for the guidelines to ensure they get into the hands of as many parents as possible. Additionally, our volunteer writers have completed drafting 3 major sections of the new guidelines, which will be handed off to our stakeholder group for review in early April. Secondly, the Council has finished the second draft of its recommendations to the Governor on early childhood data systems in Texas. The Council will work to finalize these recommendations by mid May. Read More...


A Closer Look

Texas Early Learning Council Announces New Initiatives

As you may recall from last November, the Council has been working to reinvest funding previously reserved for The On-Track System (TOTS) project.  Last fall, Phase I of TOTS, an early childhood data exchange system, revealed critical feasibility issues and barriers to implementation of the system.   In response, the Council decided not to continue with Phase II of the project, design and implementation, and instead write recommendations to the Governor to inform the implementation of TOTS in the future.

Over the past few months, the Council has deliberated the reinvestment of this funding into our current initiatives and locating new initiatives that would also support our goal to improve school readiness in Texas.  We also received input from the public at our last Council meeting in December 2011 on prospective initiatives.

After an extensive review process, the Council has made its decisions regarding reinvestment of TOTS.  Each of the Council's new initiatives falls into the scope of one of our subcommittees.  Read more to learn about each of these new initiatives on our website.


Community Feedback

Join the Council in Austin on Friday, March 30, 2012 for our Quarterly Meeting from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the Texas Workforce Commission. The Council will brief the public on the status of our projects and invite testimony on the following subjects:

  • What are the professional development needs of the Texas early care and education workforce?
  • How can higher education support the early care and education workforce?
  • What are the best models of outreach to parents on early care and education issues and services?

Texas Workforce Commission
1117 Trinity Street, Room 304BT
Austin, Texas 78701


News & Updates

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States Get Better at Collecting Education Data, but Still Don't Use it Well

GAO Report: Preschool Teachers Making Poverty-Level Wages

Ed. Dept. to Split Race to the Top Money Between Districts, Early Ed.

What are we Reading?


NAEYC Position Statement: Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8


Getting in Sync: Revamping Licensing and Preparation for Teachers in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and the Early Grades


Starting School at a Disadvantage: The School Readiness of Poor Children


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