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Public Meeting February 22, 2013. Agenda. Welcome (9:00 AM – 9:10 AM) Presenter: LaShonda Brown Council Update (9:10 AM – 10:00 AM) Presenter: Don Titcombe Public Comments (10:00 AM – 10:30 AM). Council Members. Chair: LaShonda Y. Brown

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  • Welcome (9:00 AM – 9:10 AM)

Presenter: LaShonda Brown

  • Council Update (9:10 AM – 10:00 AM)

Presenter: Don Titcombe

  • Public Comments (10:00 AM – 10:30 AM)
council members
Council Members

Chair: LaShonda Y. Brown

Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office

Michele Adams

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Michael Berry

Texas Education Agency

Mary Capello

Teaching and Mentoring Communities

Deborah H. Cody

Mount Pleasant Independent School District

Gina S. Day

Texas Education Agency

Ana de Hoyos O’Connor

San Antonio College

Blanca Estela Enriquez

Education Service Center – Region 19

John W. Gasko

Children’s Learning Institute

Angela Hobbs-Lopez

Texas Department of State Health Services

Jonel Huggins

Texas Education Agency

Elsa Cardenas-Hagan

University of Houston

Reagan Miller

Texas Workforce Commission

Rhonda Paver

Stepping Stone School

Bobby Ott

Temple Independent School District

Elaine Shiver

Mental Health America of Texas

Kim Wedel,

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

John Whitcamp

Child Care Associates

Texas Early Learning Council

texas early learning council priorities
Texas Early Learning Council Priorities
  • Workforce and Professional Development
  • Parental
  • Outreach
  • and
  • Communication
  • Improved School Readiness
  • Collaborations and Standards
  • Data and Quality Rating Improvement Systems
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Data and QRIS

TOTS - The On-Track System: The goal of The On-Track System (TOTS) project was to create an integrated, comprehensive early childhood data collection system for Texas. The Council signed a contract with Deloitte to: develop a strategic plan to achieve information sharing among the various early education data-collecting entities in Texas; conduct a stakeholder review; and, design a framework for the new TOTS data system. This contract has been discontinued.

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Data and QRIS


  • Council has approved and posted it recommendations
  • Recommendations\' can be accessed at
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Data and QRIS

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

The Council will develop recommendations for a Quality Rating Improvement System for Texas.

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Data and QRIS

Read the Council’s Paper on QRIS!

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Data and QRIS


  • stakeholder meetings were conducted
  • Final strategic plan is published and available at
  • Council members will soon begin working on recommendation process
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Public Outreach and Communications

Statewide Needs Assessment:

The needs assessment is the first ECE needs assessment in Texas in 40 years. The Council signed a contract with the Ray Marshall Center at UT-Austin and the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University to conduct the needs assessment. The contract started on June 1, 2011. The needs assessment will provide: a 40-year state population projection of Texas children; analyses of current supply of and projected demand for early childhood services; and, a survey of the quality of the early childhood services available to families.

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Public Outreach and Communications


    • Needs assessment is completed and posted at
    • In addition to the final report, 3 complete reports are available:
  • Texas Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment: Change in the Early Childhood Population in Texas, 2000 to 2010, and Projected to 2015
  • Texas Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment: Supply and Quality of Early Care and Education and School-Age Programs
  • Texas Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment: Gaps Between Need and Availability of Early Care and Education
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Public Outreach and Communications

Texas Community Campaign for School Readiness:

The Council is funding 4 Texas communities to implement a cutting-edge, population-based school readiness assessment tool, the Early Development Instrument (EDI).  In addition to the EDI, the Council will support each of the funded communities in developing and implementing a strategic change process based on the EDI results.  EDI is a comprehensive, community-level, measure of early development and school readiness for young children. It is the vision of the Council, that the selected communities will utilize the EDI data to inform the creation of long-term, sustainable, and responsive systems to better meet the needs of young children.  Therefore, the Council is seeking to support lead agencies that are committed to measuring and improving school readiness outcomes in their communities and to serving as catalysts for community change.

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Public Outreach and Communications


  • The Council formed a strong partnership with UCLA and United Way Worldwide to make Texas a trend setter in ECE community planning
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Public Outreach and Communications


  • The Council contracted with 4 organizations/communities to participate:
      • United Way of Southern Cameron County for the Brownville community
      • United Way of El Paso County for the El Paso community
      • United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County for the San Antonio community
      • North Texas Area United Way for the Wichita Falls community
  • Sites will be submitting their final reports to the Council on May 31, 2013

These are examples of the Community-Level Data produced by this project!

7 New Texas Communities have joined the project through Federal Home Visitation funds!

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Public Outreach and Communications

Public Awareness Campaign:

The Council will fund a significant statewide public awareness campaign in Texas committed to two goals:

  • enhancing awareness of early childhood education availability and quality with a focus on underrepresented and special populations
  • fostering optimal brain development in young children
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Public Outreach and Communications


  • An RFP for the creation of the campaign and materials was released in January
  • A contractor has been selected and work will begin immediately
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Collaborations and Standards

Infant, Toddler, and Three Year Old Early Learning Guidelines:

The new Texas ITELG will improve the quality of care for infants and toddlers inside and outside the home by supporting and guiding more appropriate practices for early care and education professionals who work with our youngest children.  With clearly defined statements on what infants and toddlers should developmentally know and be able to do, the ITELGs will support the healthy development of infants and toddlers because they will positively influence the design of professional development strategies, parent engagement, administrative planning, key materials, and curricula.

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Collaborations and Standards


  • The guidelines are complete!
  • Printing and distribution are in the works, and should begin immediately
  • Staff is working on the creation of a website and a mobile website for fast and easy access to the Guidelines
  • Staff is currently working on creating age-based guides for parents and caregivers
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Collaborations and Standards

Texas ECE Standards Comparison Tool:

The Council will create an online early care and education comparison tool. The tool will allow early childhood stakeholders to readily investigate and compare competing sets of regulations and standards operating in Texas early care and education. The tool will be designed for multiple audiences (Parents, Providers, and Policymakers), and each audience will have the ability to query a database of program standards on key variables such as safety standards, staff qualifications, curriculum, etc.

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Collaborations and Standards


  • The Comparison tool is complete and ready for launch
  • It can be accessed at the Texas Head Start Collaboration Office website:
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Collaborations and Standards

Beginning Education: Early Childcare At Home (BEECH):

The Council is funding a major Family Home Child Care quality improvement project now being called Beginning Education: Early Childcare at Home (BEECH). It will result in a study that will incorporate technology and mentoring to improve the level of quality in home –based care

  • The study will include 180 providers -- computer based training modules, and mentorships for 30 of the participants
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Collaborations and Standards


  • Children’s Learning Institute has developed a 20-course online module and a mentoring and professional development strategy for the project
  • The first cohort of the study is finished, currently enrolling cohort 2
  • BEECH was expanded to include a Spanish intervention and study
  • Spanish Module is complete
  • Staff is currently working on devising delivery models for new users
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Collaborations and Standards

Download our BEECH Paper at:

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Collaborations and Standards

Mentoring analysis and toolkit:

The Council is funding an analysis of different mentoring strategies and the development of a toolkit providers can use to implement “in-house” mentoring techniques in their programs. The analysis will detail core competencies of mentors and coaches and strengths of the various mentoring approaches in existence. The Toolkit will serve as a how-to in using existing program staff and resources to implement “in-house” mentoring strategies in early childhood programs.

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Collaborations and Standards


  • A contract was signed for work on this project
  • A preliminary literature review on mentoring strategies was conducted, and will fuel the project
  • Toolkit should be complete May 31, 2013
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Workforce and Professional Development

Early Childhood Workforce Registry:

The early childhood workforce registry will serve as a key workforce support for ECE professionals.  This online project will be an interactive hub for all EC professionals.  It will store all professional development information and users will be able to share ECE workforce data across multiple categories and populations

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Workforce and Professional Development


  • Council staff has run into barriers in the development of the registry: data bases and coding have proven to be more complex than expected
    • Staff re-tooled and went back to the business requirement process
    • Re –drafted business requirements and altered the development process to go section by section, with review along the way
  • RFP for system was posted
  • Contract should be signed immediately
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Workforce and Professional Development

New Core Competencies for the ECE Workforce:

This work will expand the current Core Knowledge and Skills Areas to Coaches and Mentors and enhance and expand the current ones for practitioners, administrators, and trainers. Core Competencies will inform professional development activities for Texas EC professionals.

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Workforce and Professional Development


  • Core Competencies for Practitioners and Administrators are complete and can be downloaded at
  • Core Competencies for Trainers have been drafted are currently being reviewed by the Council
  • Core Competencies for Mentors will be created based on knowledge gained from the mentoring project
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Workforce and Professional Development

Core Competencies Online Training Modules:

The Council will fund the development of online training modules on the new Practitioner and Administrator Core Competencies. These modules will help professionals become familiar with the key concepts in the Core Competencies and how to use them.

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Workforce and Professional Development


  • Contract with signed to create requirements for the trainings
  • Requirements should be completed by mid-march
  • Development of the modules will likely begin in April
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Workforce and Professional Development

ECE Career Lattice:

The Council will develop a career lattice for early care and education professionals. Also known as a career ladder or career pathway, career lattices define the relationship between education, work experience, and ongoing professional development for early childhood professionals, from entry-level staff to experienced professionals with advanced degrees. The goal of the tool is to provide early care and education professionals with clear paths of professional development and career planning. As early care and education professionals progress in their development, through formal education, trainings, and work experience, they will be able to chart their progress on the career ladder. 

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Workforce and Professional Development


  • The Career Lattice is complete and available for download at
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Workforce and Professional Development

Compensation Study

The Council will conduct a statewide compensation study in order to explore compensation parity in Texas for the early care and education workforce. Ultimately the information collected will be used to develop a recommended baseline state compensation plan for early childhood professionals.

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Workforce and Professional Development


  • We have contracted with the Child and Family Research Institute to conduct this study
  • The first draft of the study is completed
  • Report should be released in March
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Workforce and Professional Development

Higher Education Articulation Agreements

The Council will conduct research to identify model articulation agreements that between 2 year and four year institutions of higher education. This initiative will identify model agreements, analyze why they are successful, and create a toolkit that will help communities to put their own successful agreements in place.

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Workforce and Professional Development


  • Staff and the Subcommittee drafted and posted an RFP for this project in August.
  • First two deliverables of this project are complete and available for download at
  • Full toolkit should be completed by the end of March
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Workforce and Professional Development

Assessing the Capacity and Effectiveness of Higher Education

The Council will conduct an assessment of higher education, in regard to early childhood education degrees and professional certificates.

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Workforce and Professional Development


  • Contract was signed and work has begun
  • Study methodology was approved
  • Surveying has begun
  • Full report will be ready by May 31, 2013
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Workforce and Professional Development

Download our workforce paper at: