The agency supports high-quality early learning that promotes kindergarten school readiness for Texas children. The state of Texas is invested in the identification and dissemination of well researched early childhood education instructional strategies. Texas continues to raise the bar for quality early learning with the support of key partnerships with the Regional Education Service Centers, the Texas Early Learning Council, and numerous licensed child care programs, including Head Start. These key partnerships lay the foundation for all investments through the adoption of the Texas
Prekindergarten Guidelines (PKG), which emphasize research-based instructional strategies that are developmentally appropriate. Intended to support all students, these guidelines also work to inform teachers in addressing the specific needs of English language learners and students with disabilities.
Check for the
current early childhood education information:
The Prekindergarten Partnership Planning Grant is a new planning and implementation grant for public school districts and open
enrollment charter schools. With the grant funding, districts and charters will
be able to develop partnerships with Texas Rising Star 4-Star private providers
to expand access and service delivery models for provision of three- and
four-year-old prekindergarten. The partnerships established will increase
continuity of instruction, kindergarten readiness and successful transition of
young children from private to public school settings.
For additional information, please see the
Request for Application posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities page for viewing and
downloading. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the PreK Partnership
Planning Grants from the drop-down list. Scroll down to the “Application and
Support Information” section to view all documents that pertain to this RFA.
House Bill 4 and High-Quality Prekindergarten Program
Frequently Asked Questions
The Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions page designed to answer common
questions about early childhood education.
extensive FAQ document is available by category.
This document covers eligibility and attendance, full- and half-day programs,
School Readiness (SRI) Partnerships, tuition, prekindergarten instruction, five-year-old
and three-year-old students, and waiting lists and waivers.
are agencies that provide support for early childhood education:
2-1-1 Resource and Referral Agencies (outside source)
2-1-1 Texas, a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is
committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services they need.
Directory of Texas Workforce Centers
and Services (outside
The Texas Workforce Commission, 28 local Workforce Development Boards and their
service contractors work together to provide workforce solutions for Texans.
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) (outside source)
ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with
disabilities and developmental delays.
Texas Department of Agriculture,
National School Lunch Program (NSLP) (outside source)
The NSLP is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally
balanced, low-cost or free lunches.
Texas Department of Family and
Protective Services (DFPS) (outside source)
DFPS Licensing Informs parents and the public about child care and about the
histories of specific homes, child-care operations, and child-placing agencies
in complying with minimum standards of care.
Texas Head Start Collaboration Office (THSSCO) (outside source)
The purpose of the THSSCO is to create
partnerships that support the development of multi-agency and public/private
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) (outside source)
TWC is the authority
for child care provider licensing, rules and programs.
links provide support for early childhood education: