From the Chair

I hope that each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family.  Throughout this year, the Council has been very thankful for all the support and participation we receive from you, our stakeholders.  Please accept our sincere thanks for all that you do to advance early learning in Texas and your support of the Council's work.

This month, we've had a strong commitment to our work in early childhood workforce and professional development.  The development of the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS) is progressing rapidly.  The Council staff, with help from the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office, is currently writing the requirements of the system and creating mock-ups of the webpages, for practitioners, administrators, and trainers.  Look for more information on the development of the system soon - we'll be releasing the RFP for the project early in the New Year...Read More

A Closer Look

Higher Education Articulation Agreements: The Council's New Toolkit Initiative

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.

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 Council recently hired a consultant to conduct research on articulation agreements between two-year and four-year institutions of higher learning in Texas.  This initiative will examine the effectiveness of agreements between two-year and four-year institutions of higher education to ensure the transfer of credit hours and the effectiveness of local training programs.  This research will help the state learn about early childhood transfer opportunities and how to improve these transfers for students...Read More

Community Feedback

ITELG Mobile App

How often do you use apps on your phone?  The Council is currently working on a mobile app for our Infant and Toddler Early Learning Guidelines (ITELG).  The ITELG app will be an easy-to-use, mobile version of the ITELG, helping caregivers learn more about their child's development and how they can foster optimal development.  What kind of features would be helpful in the app?

Contact Us with your thoughts and suggestions.

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