Successful Action Day at the Capitol
In January, ECEC member program staff joined at the Capitol and participated in an action day hosted by the Texas Licensed Child Care Association. Thank you, advocates for child care!
The new session of the Texas State Legislature is underway
State Representatives and State Senators have returned to Austin to begin the 83rd session of the Legislature. As they write bills, meet in Committees, and vote on issues, they will be making decisions about you, your early childhood program, and the families enrolled in your center.
We’ll need to work together to make sure our Legislators hear about early care and education in Texas!
Please sign up for Texas action alerts from ECEC!
Early Childhood Open House at the Capitol
Last year, the Texas Early Learning Council hosted Charting Texas’ Early Childhood Future: An Open House at the Capitol on Wednesday, at the Texas Capitol.
New Website for The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services launched a new website that makes it easier to find what you need. DFPS works with communities across Texas to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Check out their new website, and their new section on Child Care Licensing.
New Report: Texas ECE Needs Assessment
In October, the Texas Early Learning Council released their latest report, Texas Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment: Final Report. The report is the first statewide needs assessment of Texas early childhood education in over 40 years and highlights several key findings:
- Changes in population:The Texas early childhood population is increasingly diverse and increasingly concentrated in metropolitan areas.
- Provider Profiles: Nearly 23,500 Texas operators provide over 865,000 slots of early care and education services in 2010.
- Quality in Programs: The most common type of quality designation in 2010 was Texas Rising Star, with over 1,200 provider sites meeting TRS standards.
In the News
We Must Invest in PreK. Houston Chronicle. September 4, 2012.
Quality prekindergarten is a prerequisite to prosperity. Houston Chronicle. August 21, 2012.