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From the Chair

Happy Spring!  I hope you had a wonderful spring break with your families and friends.  March has been a very busy month for the Texas Early Learning Council.  We started the month off with a major announcement, the release of the new, voluntary Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines!  Thank you to everyone who has shared these Guidelines through email and social media - we're very excited to share these Guidelines with our state and appreciate your help in their promotion!  We have more resources coming soon related to the Guidelines, including new early learning guides for parents and caregivers with information on child development in all four of the domains of growth and development and divided by a child's age (0-8 months, 8-18 months, 18-36 months, and 36-48 months.)  We are also translating the Guidelines into Spanish, which should be available on our website next month, and we have started the process to align the Guidelines to the Texas Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines.

In addition to the new Guidelines, we have some other major projects beginning this month and next month.  We met for the first time with the marketing firm that will be producing the materials (including radio and television ads) for our public awareness campaign...Read More


A Closer Look

The Texas Early Childhood Program Standards Comparison Tool is Online and Ready to Use!

After two years of research and development, the new Texas Early Childhood Program Standards Comparison Tool is online and ready for use!  The Council hopes that this new tool will help early childhood stakeholders learn more about the program and accreditation standards that apply to early care and education programs in Texas.  It's the Council's vision that the comparison tool will help increase collaboration among early childhood programs.  Visit the Comparison Tool to learn more!

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Visit the Comparison Tool on the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office's website:

http://thssco.uth.tmc.edu/comparisontool

The comparison tool is an online database of early childhood program standards and accreditation standards.  When you visit the comparison tool, you will be able to search through these standards through two options: a keyword search or a sorting feature that helps you narrow your selection.  For example, if you're interested in staff:child ratio standards, you can keyword search "ratios" or check through the boxes in the search tool.  Users can review information for up to three different program standards or accreditations and can print their results for later reference...Read More


Community Feedback

The Council is currently working on our public awareness campaign - and we need your help!  What are the best ways to reach parents of young children?  We have some great resources for parents coming soon, like new early learning guides that feature information from the Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines.  How can we get these guides into the hands of parents?  Contact us with your thoughts and suggestions.


News & Updates

How Would Preschool for All Work: Is It About Play or ABCs?

Doing the Math: The Cost of Publicly Funded "Universal" Pre-K

What are we Reading?


Little Texans. Big Futures. Texas' New, Voluntary Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines


Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners and Administrators, Revised March 2013


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