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From the Chair

The month of May has flown by for us at the Council!  We have been very busy all month working on some important projects, especially the Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines.  With only a few months left on our grant, which ends on August 31, 2013, we will be sharing lots of new resources with you over the next few months.  One of these new resources, the Texas Early Childhood Education Degree Articulation Agreement, is profiled in our Closer Look article.

First, I would like to share some exciting news - we will be distributing over 21,000 copies of the Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines to individuals and organizations across Texas!  The order is currently at the printer and shipments will begin soon!  The Guidelines will be delivered to over 300 communities in Texas!  Over the past month, Council staff have been busy preparing new parenting resources to complement the Guidelines, including four parenting guides, available in English and Spanish.  These will be available online in the next few months at www.littletexansbigfutures.org, but will also be printed and available at some libraries, pediatricians' offices, and WIC clinics in different areas of Texas.  Also, to complement the English and Spanish versions, look for a new Vietnamese translation of the Guidelines to be available on our website in June...Read More


A Closer Look

Texas Early Childhood Education Degree Articulation Toolkit

The Council is committed to supporting early childhood professionals, including those who are working to further their education in child development and early childhood education. The Council has two projects focusing on higher education, the higher education capacity survey and a toolkit for higher education articulation agreements. We are excited to release the Texas Early Childhood Education Degree Articulation Toolkit to the state!  The toolkit is a resource for higher education institutions to create or improve articulation agreements.  A good articulation agreement can improve the quality of the education experience for students, as well as reduce the time and cost of completing a degree.

This toolkit is an important resource for higher education institutions in Texas. In higher education, an articulation agreement is an agreement between institutions of higher education that matches courses between institutions.  Often, these are agreements between two-year institutions (such as community colleges) and four-year institutions (universities).  Without an articulation agreement, students could be required to repeat coursework when transferring to another institution, increasing the time it takes to complete a degree and the cost of the degree.  The toolkit is a resource for higher education institutions to coordinate with other institutions and create better articulation agreements for their students...Read More


Community Feedback

Council Meeting - May 31 in Austin!

Join the Council in Austin on Friday, May 31, 2013 for our Quarterly Meeting from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at the Texas Education Agency. The Council will brief the public on the status of our projects and invite testimony on any early childhood topic or issue, but specifically invites comments related to the following subjects:

  • What early childhood topics should the Council work on in the future, both short-term and long-term?
  • How can the Council increase outreach in the final months of our grant about the resources that we have developed for the early childhood field in Texas?

Texas Education Agency
1701 N. Congress Avenue, Room 1-111
Austin, Texas 78701

If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to provide public comments to the Council, please email a copy to stateadvisorycouncil@uth.tmc.edu by Thursday, May 30, 2013.


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