Educator Resources

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 districts
  • Providing final review of rules proposed by the State Board for Educator Certification
  • 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.


Professional Development

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 activities. 

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)

The 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?“

Other resources

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 skills.

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

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.

Texas Gateway

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.