This page contains information about early childhood programs.
Texas School Ready! (TSR!) is a high-quality early childhood model, based on proven school readiness components including:
- High-quality, developmentally appropriate and rigorous curriculum;
- Continuous student progress monitoring;
- Professional development for teachers, including mentoring; and
- Creation and implementation of a School Readiness
Integration Partnership to coordinate services among school districts,
child care providers, and Head Start programs.
The program is administered by the Children's Learning Institute at the UT Heath Science Center at Houston (UTHSC), Children's Learning Institute (CLI).
for Texas School Ready! comes from the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, General
Appropriations Act (GAA), Article III, Rider 48, and Article VII, Rider
A resource is Children’s Learning Institute. (outside
Improving Teacher Preparation
The Improving Teacher Preparation program facilitates
participation in high-quality professional development opportunities for early
childhood education professionals seeking completion of a bachelor’s degree, an
associate’s degree, or a Child Development Associate (CDA). To create
a high-quality workforce, this program is geared towards improving the
quality of teacher preparation programs.
The grant program is competitive and administered by the UTHSC,
Authorization for Improving Teacher
Preparation is provided by the General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article VII,
Rider 27, 83rd Texas Legislature, 2013.
Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment
The U.S. Department of Education
awarded the TEA an Enhanced Assessment Grant in 2013 to develop and implement
a criterion-referenced, kindergarten entry assessment. The Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) is used to determine if students meet specified academic standards and development
levels. This point-in-time snapshot of each student’s knowledge and abilities
informs instruction and identifies if additional instruction or
diagnostic testing is needed.
The TEA has contracted with the UTHSC and
CLI to administer the project.
Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) (outside source) may provide additional information
about the assessment.
Howard Morrison, Statewide Coordinator, Early Childhood Education
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701