From the Chair
The month of May has been a time of determination for the Texas Early Learning Council. Many of our projects are in those critical middle phases of project development that can seem unending. Council Members, staff, and stakeholders have all been demonstrating a significant amount of fortitude during this phase of the Council's work. For example, Council Members have just reviewed the second draft of our early childhood data recommendations for Texas. This is a very difficult subject area for many, but we are inching closer to consensus-based recommendations that will move the data conversation forward in Texas. Our Infant and Toddler Early Learning Guidelines (ITELG) Stakeholder Group and our volunteer writers at Children's Learning Institute have traded versions of draft guidelines back and forth several times. Read More...
A Closer Look
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project
As you may recall, the Council recently went through an extensive process to reinvest funding from the TOTS project to new initiatives. One of our new initiatives is a very exciting partnership with the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (Texas AEYC) to provide funding to theT.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS Project. The Council is very committed to supporting early childhood professionals in Texas, and, this partnership allows the Council to actively support professional development opportunities for early childhood professionals in our state!
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® is an innovative, evidence-based initiative that offers a strategy for systematically improving the education, compensation, and retention of the early childhood workforce. Participants in the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® program receive a scholarship to fund higher education coursework and related expenses towards an Associate's Degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education, or a scholarship to help pay for the Child Development Associate (CDA) assessment fee. Participants also receive four hours of paid release time from their employer to pursue their education. In return, the employers receive a reimbursement for the paid release time, and participants agree to remain with their current employer for a period of time, reducing turnover and increasing retention in the early childhood workforce. The Council is pleased to partner with Texas AEYC to extend the reach of this program in Texas to more early childhood professionals. Read More...
The Council will be conducting focus groups on July 13 in Houston on one of our projects - an online early childhood standards comparison tool, known as a crosswalk. We will host 90-minute focus groups with parents, early childhood providers, and policymakers. Would you like to participate in the focus groups? This is a great opportunity to participate in the development of a new tool for early childhood in Texas! Please email the Council if you are in the Houston area and would like to participate in the focus group.
- 8 AM - 10 AM Policymakers Focus Group
- 11 AM - 1 PM Providers Focus Group
- 2 PM - 4 PM Parents Focus Group
We will offer thank you gifts and refreshments to participants. Contact Us with your questions and to sign-up for the focus groups!
News & Updates
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