Kindergarten Readiness Statement
TEA supports high quality prekindergarten that is developmentally appropriate, multisensory and experiential. Young children thrive when provided a learning environment that inspires curiosity, builds confidence and fosters a love of learning. Children are "ready" for school when families, schools, and communities work together to ensure they enter school with strong foundational knowledge and skills across 5 primary domains of development. Although separate, these domains are interconnected and development in one area reinforces development in the other.
The primary domains of development are:
- Physical – Gross and Fine Motor
- Literacy – Reading and Writing
- Mathematical – Concepts and Thinking
- Language and Communication
- Health and Wellness
In order to provide high quality early childhood education that is focused on the unique needs of each child, student progress monitoring and kindergarten readiness should be measured across multiple domains of development.
Early Learning Conferences - Calendar
January 29-February 1, 2017
TASA Midwinter, Austin TX
February 22, 2017
TX-KEA Launch, ESC 13, Austin, TX
February 26-28, 2017
Texas Association of Administrators and Supervisor of
Programs for Young Children, San Antonio, TX
June 27-29, 2017
Texas School Ready Summer Institute, Dallas, TX
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August 2-4, 2017
Texas Early Childhood Learning Summit, Houston, TX
Registration is limited to High Quality Prekindergarten Grantees
Free to all educators in High Quality Prekindergarten Grantee districts and charter schools, including hotel. More information is coming soon.
October 11-12, 2017
Together4Children’s-2017 Strong Foundations Matter
Symposium, San Marcos, TX
October 19-21, 2017
TAEYC 2017 Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX
To teach in PreK:
To teach in public PreK, you need the same qualifications as to teach in a K-12 classroom. To learn more visit
Commissioner’s list of Approved Progress Monitoring Tools
As of May 19, 2016, the following
progress monitoring tools have been approved for the 2016-17 Commissioner’s List of Approved Prekindergarten Progress Monitoring Instruments. The list will be reviewed and updated for the 2017-18
school year in early spring.
Commissioner’s list of Approved Kindergarten Reading Instruments
The Commissioner’s List of Reading Instruments
is a comprehensive list of reading diagnostic instruments from
Prekindergarten through Grade 8. School districts and open-enrollment
charter schools may refer to the list to ensure they are selecting
instruments that are based on valid and reliable scientific research
and that measure reading skills identified by state and national
experts as essential for reading development. The list will be reviewed and updated for the 2017-18
school year in early spring.
Approved Prekindergarten Curriculum
Please see the Currently
Adopted Instructional Materials (Curriculum) for PreK Learning Systems
adopted by the State Board of Education (SBOE). The SBOE sets policies and standards for Texas public schools. The primary
responsibilities of the SBOE include:
- Setting curriculum standards
- Reviewing and adopting instructional materials
- Establishing graduation requirements
- Overseeing the Texas Permanent School Fund
- Appointing board members to military reservation and special school
- Providing final review of rules proposed by the State Board for
- Reviewing the commissioner's proposed award of new charter schools,
with authority to veto a recommended applicant
Updated Prekindergarten Guidelines
In fall 2015, TEA established a 13-member
review committee consisting of classroom teachers and administrators
from early childhood programs in public schools, higher education
faculty, and early learning experts from across the state to
participate in the revision of the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines.
The revised prekindergarten guidelines are aligned with the
Kindergarten Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), sequenced to
follow child development and give teaching strategies for each of the
guidelines. The new guidelines offer educators the information and
support to prepare all children for success in school.
Children’s Learning Institute Engage
CLI Engage is
a comprehensive e-learning platform housing TSR Online professional
development, child progress monitoring tools, and classroom observation
tools - available for free to Texas public schools, Head Start programs,
and Texas Rising Star Certified Providers
Texas School Ready
Texas School Ready
(TSR) is a comprehensive preschool teacher training program that
combines a research-based, state-adopted curriculum with ongoing
professional development and progress monitoring tools to help children
be more prepared for kindergarten and beyond. TSR will be implemented
across the state through three delivery models that vary by support
level of intensity: TSR Online, TSR Online+, and TSR Comprehensive. Our
foundational model, TSR Online, is available to all public school
districts, public charter schools, Texas Rising Star certified
providers, former Texas School Ready participants, and Head Start
grantees in Texas at no cost.
eCIRCLE online Professional Development
eCIRCLE Professional Development provides
online courses featuring extensive video-based demonstrations of
effective instructional practices, application-based assignments, and
CIRCLE Child Development Associates (CDA)
The Child Development Associate (CDA) CredentialTM is
based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early
education and care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified
teachers of young children. To qualify, early childhood teachers must
have a strong knowledge base (education and professional development)
and demonstrated practice (experience in the classroom).
Note: CDAs are also offered through many ESCs and community colleges throughout the state
Assessment and Evaluation Tools
CIRCLE Prekindergarten Student Progress Monitoring Tool
The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System is
a user-friendly, technology-driven tool that enables teachers to assess
a child’s progress in a particular skill area almost instantly. This
simplistic yet reliable data collection prompts teachers to focus on
lessons that target their students’ least developed skill areas.
CIRCLE – Classroom Observation Tool
The Classroom Observation Tool captures
snapshots of a teacher’s behavior and instruction during classroom
observation visits that can be used to develop improvement plans and
track a teacher’s progress over time. The system is well aligned with
the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines and can be used by teachers, school
leaders, and intervention specialists to promote effective teaching.
The Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA)
is a comprehensive assessment that can be reliably administered by
kindergarten teachers and is a valid predictor of academic success.
Free Developmental Screening Tool
Act Early Texas!
provides parents and early childhood professionals with information
designed to determine if a child is developing similarly to other
children his or her age. The tool is designed to answer the question,
"Is this child's development like other children of the same age?“
Developing Talkers/Hablemos Juntos
Developing Talkers and
its Spanish counterpart, Hablemos Juntos, are curriculum supplements
that were created by researchers at the Children’s Learning Institute to
support young children’s language and literacy skills, focusing on
three domains of early language: vocabulary, comprehension, and speaking
The Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System
TECPDS is a statewide program designed to meet the professional development needs of those working in the early childhood field.
Texas PBS Raising Readers
provides statewide educational resources for children, caregivers and
families with research-based media tools and community engagement
efforts proven to help build early literacy skills for young children.
Engaging TEKS aligned online resources for your classroom.
Developmental Guidelines - 0-5 years old
Published in 2013, the Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines describe
expectations about what children should know and be able to do across
developmental domains of learning during specific age ranges, as well as
what steps caregivers should take to support healthy development.