ECE Grants


ECDataWorks provides innovative opportunities for collaborating states to improve the delivery and use of their early childhood data among state policymakers and practitioners. The ECDataWorks project team works directly with state professionals in a collaborative, outcomes-driven manner to conceptualize and develop tools to facilitate the organization, delivery, and strategic use of existing early childhood data. Texas was awarded a multi-year project supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) in collaboration with leading experts in the field.

Texas’ ECDataWorks Project Goal

Texas will work with ECDataWorks to design a new analytic tool on quality and school readiness to support education service centers (ESCs), local education agencies (LEAs), and local workforce development boards (LWDBs) to improve program quality. Learn more about ECDataWorks.

Prekindergarten Partnership Planning Grant

The purpose of the PreK Partnership Planning Grant is to assist Local Education Agencies in developing partnerships with Texas Rising Star (TRS) 4-Star private child care providers to expand access and service delivery models for provision of 3- and 4-year-old prekindergarten.

Texas School Ready

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). 

Authorization for Texas School Ready comes from the 85th Texas Legislative Session, General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article III, Rider 45, and Article VII, Rider 27.
A resource is Children’s Learning Institute. (outside source)

Professional Development Partnerships for ECE 

This 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, CLI.

Authorization for Improving Teacher Preparation is provided by the General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article VII, Rider 25, 85th Texas Legislature, 2015.

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.