Early Childhood Education in Texas

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At TEA, our goal is for all Texas children to enter school with the foundational knowledge and skills to be curious, confident and successful learners.  In partnership with families, schools and communities, TEA provides support for effective and aligned early learning opportunities, policies and programs that:

  • Support a highly-skilled early learning workforce
  • Provide resources that engage and support development of young children
  • Provide access to high-quality 3 and 4 year-old prekindergarten. 

The Early Childhood Education Division at TEA has responsibility for the department's key early learning investments as determined by the Commissioner of Education and the state legislature. 

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Kindergarten Readiness

TEA supports high-quality prekindergarten that is developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory and experiential. Young children thrive when provided a learning environment that inspires curiosity, builds confidence and fosters a love of learning.

Children are "ready" for school when families, schools, and communities work together to ensure they enter school with strong foundational knowledge and skills across 5 primary domains of development. Although separate, these domains are interconnected and development in one area reinforces development in the other.

The primary domains of development are:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Language and Communication
  • Emergent Literacy - Reading and Writing
  • Mathematics - Concepts and Thinking
  • Physical Development

In order to provide high-quality early childhood education that is focused on the unique needs of each child, student progress monitoring and kindergarten readiness should be measured across multiple domains of development. 

Together we can ensure that every child in Texas thrives!