TEA Early Childhood Programs

This page contains information about early childhood programs. 

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 83rd Texas Legislative Session, General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article III, Rider 48, and Article VII, Rider 28.
A resource is Children’s Learning Institute. (outside source)

    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, CLI.

    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.