From the Chair

The Council has accomplished a great deal in the month of November. Staff has put the final touches on our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2011, which I encourage you to read and distribute through your networks. The Council posted two Requests for Proposals, as well. In other news, the Council is moving closer to making some key decisions regarding investment of funds. As you may have read in our last e-alert, the Council will meet on December 2, 2011 in Austin, Texas at the Texas Education Agency from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM... Read More

A Closer Look

Updates on the Texas Community Campaign for School Readiness

This month, Council staff met with the four community grantees to the Texas Community Campaign for School Readiness in San Antonio. Representatives from United Way of Southern Cameron County, United Way of El Paso County, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and North Texas Area United Way, the four TCCSR lead agencies, received technical assistance from our partners, United Way Worldwide and UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities. Each lead agency also presented information on their community and their plans for the TCCSR. In the next few months, all four lead agencies will complete the first round of Early Development Instrument (EDI) assessments on kindergarten students in their communities, working with their local school district partners.

Click here to learn more about the communities and the TCCSR initiative.

Community Feedback

Join the Council in Austin on Friday, December 2, 2011 for our Quarterly Meeting from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. The Council will brief the public on the status of our projects and hear testimony from the public. Specifically, the Council would like to hear your ideas to improve school readiness in Texas under our four priority areas: Data and QRIS, Collaborations and Standards, Parental Outreach and Communications, and Workforce and Professional Development. For more information on providing testimony, click here.

News & Updates

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School Readiness in Head Start Programs Serving Preschool Children

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