Early Childhood Education in Texas

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.

Latest Developments

Check for the current early childhood education information:

The Prekindergarten Partnership Planning Grant-NEW UPDATE

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.

A more 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.

Related Agencies 

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.

Directory of Texas Workforce Centers and Services (outside source)
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 collaborative action.

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) (outside source)
TWC is the authority for child care provider licensing, rules and programs.

Related Links

The following links provide support for early childhood education: