Public Meeting September 28, 2012. Agenda. Welcome (9:00 AM – 9:10 AM) Presenter: LaShonda Brown Council Update (9:10 AM – 9:50 AM) Presenter: Don Titcombe Invited Speakers (9:50 AM – 10:20 AM) Public Comments (10:20 – finish) . Council Members. Chair: LaShonda Y. Brown
Presenter: LaShonda Brown
Presenter: Don Titcombe
Chair: LaShonda Y. Brown
Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Office of the Governor
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
Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas Education Agency
University of Houston
Texas Workforce Commission
Stepping Stone School
Temple Independent School District
Mental Health America of Texas
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Child Care Associates
Texas Early Learning Council
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.
Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
The Council will develop recommendations for a Quality Rating Improvement System for Texas.
Read the Council’s Paper on QRIS!
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.
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.
Public Awareness Campaign:
The Council will fund a significant statewide public awareness campaign in Texas committed to two goals:
Infant and Toddler 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 IT ELGs 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.
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.
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
Download our BEECH Paper at:
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.
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
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.
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.
ECE Career Ladder:
The Council will develop a career ladder for early care and education professionals. Also known as a career lattice or career pathway, career ladders 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.
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.
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.
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.
Download our workforce paper at: