Project Updates

The Texas Early Learning Council (TELC) is conducting a statewide birth-five needs assessment as required by the Preschool Development Grant Birth-Five (PDG B-5) awarded to Texas by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Education. PDG B-5 requires certain elements to be addressed within the statewide needs assessment and allows the state the flexibility to include additional elements. TELC adopted recommendations for additional elements during the February 2019 meeting. Using the recommendations provided by TELC, TEA staff developed a list of questions that will be addressed in the statewide needs assessment report. Click here for the list of questions. Needs assessment questions will be answered through four primary sources of information:

  1. Statewide stakeholder survey
  2. Stakeholder focus groups
  3. State and federal agency data
  4. Other (existing needs assessments, research, policy scans, funding analysis, etc.)

Statewide Stakeholder Survey

The statewide stakeholder survey was conducted March 25-April 5, 2019. The survey was distributed by a network of state agencies and organizations. The survey was intended for families, staff of early childhood programs and services (direct providers), early childhood organizations (non-providers), and community partners. A total of 8,848 responses were received. View all survey questions here.

Stakeholder Focus Groups

A total of seven focus group will be conducted in May 2019. The target audiences of focus groups include:

  1. Administrators and Professors at Institutions of Higher Education (2-year and 4-year)
  2. Teachers in rural communities
  3. Teachers in urban communities
  4. Families in rural communities
  5. Families in urban communities
  6. Administrators of early childhood programs and services
  7. Programs and organizations engaged in partnerships

State and Federal Agency Data

Data sets from the following agencies will be utilized:

  1. Administration for Children and Families / Office of Head Start
  2. Texas Department of Agriculture
  3. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  4. Texas Education Agency
  5. Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  6. Texas Workforce Commission