Other Resources for Early Childhood Education and Care Services

The resources listed below are provided by organizations outside of the Texas Education Agency. Please contact the organization itself if you have questions or need their services. For additional resources for early childhood education and care within TEA, see TEA Quick Links.

For Parents and Families

  • 2-1-1 Resource and Referral Agencies
    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
    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) 
    ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays. 
  • Military Child Education Coalition
    MCEC's work is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. 
  • Prekindergarten prepares, a new webpage with resources geared toward parents and educators. For parents includes, benefits, eligibility, a healthy child and find a school.  For educators includes a toolkit, best practices and advice as well as the prekindergarten guidelines. 
  • Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) 
    PPCD is the public school program for young children with disabilities, ages 3-5. 
  • Texas Agricultural Commission, National School Lunch Program (NSLP) 
    The NSLP is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to more than 2.3 million Texas school children each school day. 
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
    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
    The purpose of the Texas Head Start Collaboration Office (THSSCO) is to create partnerships that support the development of multi-agency and public/private collaborative action. 

For School and Program Administrators and Educators

  • Center for Public Education
    The Center for Public Education (Center) is a national resource for accurate, timely, and credible information about public education and its importance to the well-being of our nation. The Center provides up-to-date research, data, and analysis on current education issues and explores ways to improve student achievement and engage public support for public schools.
  • Children’s Learning Institute (CLI)
    CLI is tasked with implementing a statewide school readiness research project known as the Texas School Ready! (TSR!) model or Texas Early Education Model (TEEM). A major component of the program is teacher training with mentoring. The CLI serves as the state funded technical assistance provider for several grant programs, including the Prekindergarten Early Start (PKES) grant.  
  • Prekindergarten prepares, a new webpage with resources geared toward parents and educators. For parents includes, benefits, eligibility, a healthy child and find a school.  For educators includes a toolkit, best practices and advice as well as the prekindergarten guidelines. 
  • Kindergarten Teachers of Texas (KTOT)
    Kindergarten Teachers of Texas, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded for the support and encouragement of kindergarten classroom teachers.  
  • Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA)
    SECA is committed to improving the quality of care and education for young children and their families through advocacy and professional development.  
  • Texas Association of Administrators and Supervisors of Programs for Young Children (TAASPYC)
    The mission of TAASPYC is to unite leaders and advocates for young children to positively impact early childhood education in Texas.
  • Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS)
    The Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS), formerly known as the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System (TECECDS), was created to ensure that high quality professional development opportunities are available statewide to individuals working in early care and education.  

For Policy Stakeholders

  • Faith and Community Based Inter-agency Council
    Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)’s Office of Community Access is working to strengthen the capacity of faith- and community-based organizations and forge stronger partnerships between the organizations, HHSC and other state agencies.  
  • National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)
    The Institute offers independent research-based advice and technical assistance to policy makers, journalists, researchers, and educators.  
  • Pre-K Now
    Pre-K Now is a public education and advocacy campaign that advances high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three and four year olds.  
  • Raising Texas
    Raising Texas is a statewide, collaborative effort administered by the Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) Commission to strengthen Texas' system of services for young children and families so that all children enter school healthy and ready to learn.  
  • Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), Center for Community Connections with Schools
    The Center emphasizes research-based information and resources that directly impacts student achievement in reading and mathematics, as well as connections that contribute to the students' overall success in school and in life.  
  • Texans Care for Children (TCC)
    TCC work focuses on what's best for all Texas kids in five areas: health, protection, mental wellness, youth success, and early opportunities.
  • Texas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (TACCRRA)
    TACCRRA provides a forum for communication, information sharing, and networking and collaboration to assist local CCR&R agencies in providing guidance to parents, child care providers, policy makers and business and community leaders.  
  • Texas Early Learning Council (TELC), formerly know as the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care 
    This Council is designed to bring together top decision makers for collective discussion about how to better coordinate services so that young children have the supports in place that they need. 
  • Texas Licensed Child Care Association (TLCCA)
    The mission of the TLCCA is to educate all concerned people in the state of Texas of the benefits of affordable, quality, licensed child care, so that the children, parents and members all benefit.  
  • Texas Workforce Commission, Child Care Provider Licensing, Rules and Programs
    Child care is a support service for parents who work, attend school, or participate in job training.  

Contacts:

Department of Federal and State Education Policy: 512-936-6060

Program Contacts:

Howard Morrison, howard.morrison@tea.texas.gov