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TEA Early Childhood Programs


This page contains information about early childhood programs. 

Texas School Ready! (TSR!)

Texas School Ready! 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
  • Creating and implementing 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: 83rd Texas Legislative Session, General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article III, Rider 48 and Article VII (TWC) Rider 28.
Children’s Learning Institute (outside source)

    Improving Teacher Preparation  

    The Improving Teacher Preparation program is to facilitate 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). In order to create a high-quality workforce, this program will be geared towards improving the quality of teacher preparation programs.

    The grant program is competitive and administered by the UTHSCH, CLI.

    Authorization: General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article VII, Rider 27, 83rd Texas Legislature, 2013

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    Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) 

    The U.S. Department of Education awarded the TEA an Enhanced Assessment Grant (EAG) in 2013 to develop and implement a criterion-referenced, kindergarten entry assessment.  The TX-KEA will be used for the purpose of determining whether students meet specified academic standards and development levels. This point-in-time snapshot of each student’s knowledge and abilities will inform instruction and identify whether additional instruction or diagnostic testing is needed.

     The TEA has contracted with the UTHSC, CLI to administer the project.

    Authorization: IDEA, NCLB Act of 2001

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      Howard Morrison, Statewide Coordinator, Early Childhood Education 

      Curriculum Division
      1701 North Congress Avenue
      Austin, TX 78701
      (512) 463-9581


      Page last modified on 10/20/2014 09:42:48 AM.