From the Chair
The month of September has flown by! The Council has been very busy - from hosting statewide meetings to posting new Requests for Proposals. As we enter the third year of our grant, we are really beginning to celebrate some successes. Check out our 2012 Annual Report to read summaries of all the work we've completed in the last two years. We appreciate your participation in our initiatives!
At the end of the month, the Council will meet and make decisions about many of our initiatives, including the The On-Track System (TOTS) recommendations and Infant and Toddler Early Learning Guidelines. We hope to have these two documents to you soon! The Council and staff will spend the month of October reviewing the ITELG and finalizing the document. Look for announcements on our website and through email. Read More...
A Closer Look
Updates from the Texas Community Campaign for School Readiness
In June 2011, the Texas Early Learning Council released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking to support Texas communities in identifying and responding to their early childhood needs. The Council selected four deserving Texas communities to participate in the Texas Community Campaign for School Readiness. Each lead agency received a 2-year grant from the Council to assess the early childhood systems in their community and create a strategic plan for systematic change.
Currently, the four communities are analyzing the first round of EDI data, received in August 2012. They are also preparing for the final round of EDI assessments, to begin in Spring 2013. The data is in the form of neighborhood maps, organized into a Community Profile Report for each community. The neighborhood maps indicate the vulnerabilities of children across five domains of child development in particular neighborhoods. "Vulnerabilities" refers to a less than optimal development of children in the child development domains. View the report and two maps for each community by clicking through the graphic here.
The lead agencies are currently meeting with their local stakeholder groups to analyze the EDI data, individuals from the local community who are committed to improving school readiness for local children. Each lead agency will work with their stakeholder group over the next year to develop strategies to improve school readiness in its community based on the EDI collected in 2012 and 2013. Click the link to learn more about the TCCSR communities and to view their community maps. Read More...
Join the Council in Austin on Friday, September 28, 2012 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 early childhood topics, specifically the following subjects:
- The role of school districts and Head Start programs in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
- Successful or enterprising models of large-scale outreach to parents and communities on early care and education issues
Texas Education Agency
1701 N. Congress Avenue, Room 1-111
Austin, Texas 78701
For more information on providing testimony at the meeting or through email, click here.
News & Updates
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