Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines
In fall 2015, TEA established a 13-member review committee consisting of classroom teachers and administrators from early childhood programs in public schools, higher education faculty, and early learning experts from across the state to participate in the revision of the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines. The revised prekindergarten guidelines are aligned with the Kindergarten Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), sequenced to follow child development and give teaching strategies for each of the guidelines. The new guidelines offer educators the information and support to prepare all children for success in Kindergarten.
The Texas Education Agency has posted the new Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (Revised 2015). The updated guidelines will be implemented beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.
Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines: Web-based Training
TEA is pleased to share a new resource for early childhood staff across Texas – online professional development on the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (updated 2015). The new Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines trainings are available for free on the CLI Engage platform.
The new Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (PKG) trainings provide a total of 23 CPE hours through the 11 courses, an introduction and one course per PKG domain. Each course explores the specific end-of-year outcomes for children and instructional strategies to support skill development in each domain. The child outcomes and specific instructional strategies are explored through extensive video filmed in real Texas prekindergarten classrooms. Each course also provides links to classroom activities to support child skill development in each subdomain, as well as a facilitation guide to support delivery of course content.
Creation of the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines trainings was a collaborative effort between the Texas Education Agency and the Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth. Visit CLI Engage to learn more about the trainings, view video introductions to each course, and to create a free account for full access to the trainings.
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Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines
The Texas Early Learning Council presents the new, voluntary infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines:
- Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Guidelines (PDF, 3.64MB) (outside source)
- Additional information on the Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines (outside source)
Early Childhood Outcomes & Prekindergarten Guidelines Alignment
The agency commissioned a companion document to the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines known as the Early Childhood Outcomes and Prekindergarten Guidelines Alignment (PDF, 3.37MB). This document is designed to align each Prekindergarten Guideline to one or more of the three Early Childhood Outcomes, and provide educators and families with discussion prompts to explain how each outcome relates to the Guideline. This document also provides modifications and adaptations for children with special needs.
Howard Morrison, Statewide Coordinator, Early Childhood Education
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1401