Early Childhood Education Partnership Project


The Children’s Learning Institute in conjunction with the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office (THSSO) has developed a project to facilitate increased participation in 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).

As part of the grant, they will receive CIRCLE training which is based on the most recent scientific research. Training is interactive and provides hands-on activities which teachers can immediately implement in their classrooms. Participants receive a comprehensive manual containing resources teachers need to help promote early language and literacy development in young children. Components include: best practices, language development, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, written expression, read-aloud, and math. Participants also receive continuing eCIRCLE online interactive training and mentoring.


Applicants will identify within their communities, non-degreed early childhood education professionals and their classrooms to participate in the project. 

Funding Information

Federal funding appropriated to the Texas Workforce Commission from the Administration for Children and Families, Child Care and Development Fund. Transferred to TEA via Interagency Agreement between TWC and TEA.

  • FY2008 $1,000,000
  • FY2009 $1,000,000
  • FY2010 $1,000,000
  • FY2011 $1,000,000  


  • 8 IHE (Institutes of Higher Education) awardees
  • 18 IHE articulation agreements
  • 160 teachers provided stipends of up to $100/credit hour for a maximum of approximately $900 per semester
  • Some IHEs have raised additional funds for tuition scholarships for these teachers


  • Amarillo College
  • Angelina College
  • Brookhaven College
  • Sam Houston State University
  • San Antonio College
  • San Jacinto College
  • University of Texas at Brownsville
  • University of Texas at Tyler

Laws and Rules

  • General Appropriations Act, Article IX, Section 17.18, Professional Development Partnerships for Early Childhood Education, 2009



Department of State Initiatives   
Project Manager: Howard Morrison
Program Manager, Children's Learning Institute: Sonya Coffey