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. Supported through key
partnerships with the Regional Education Service Centers, the Texas Early
Learning Council, numerous licensed child care programs, including Head Start,
Texas continues to raise the bar for quality early learning. These key partnerships laid 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
Check for the current early childhood education information:
Tuition-supported and district-financed prekindergarten
(TEC, §29.1531) (June 2014)
Compliance with Kindergarten Reading Assessment Data Submission (TEC §28.006) (May 2014)
Frequently Asked Questions
The Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions page designed to answer common questions about early
childhood education in addition to providing a more extensive FAQ
The following 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.
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
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) (outside
ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with
disabilities and developmental delays.
Department of Agriculture, National School Lunch Program (NSLP) (outside
The NSLP is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally
balanced, low-cost or free lunches.
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 (outside source)
The purpose of the Texas Head Start Collaboration Office (THSSCO) is to create
partnerships that support the development of multi-agency and public/private
Texas Workforce Commission (outside source), TWC is the authority for child care provider licensing,
rules and programs.
The following links provide support for early childhood education:
Howard Morrison, Statewide Coordinator, Early Childhood Education
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1401