TSR! Connect

November 2013

TSR! Updates

TSR All across the state our coaches and teachers are working hard to create collaborative goals, implement high quality strategies, and providing initial assessments of where young learners are at in their skill development through our amazing online progress monitoring tools.  It’s an exciting time, but an extremely busy one too! continue reading

A Closer Look

Words matter. Especially to young children.

Featured Success Story

In late September media outlets across the United States were reporting a new study out of Stanford University that points to a deficit in language development among lower socioeconomic children.  The study, which was published in Developmental Science showed radical differences between rich and poor children in language development. According to Stanford News, “by 18 months of age toddlers from disadvantaged families are already several months behind more advantaged children in language proficiency.”  The Stanford study is consistent with Hart and Riley’s 1995 study, documenting a 30 million word gap  between rich and poor children.  Researchers spent 2.5 years observing the language of Kanas City families; they found that children’s vocabulary differs greatly across income groups, so much so that the average child of a family receiving welfare benefits is likely to hear 30 million fewer words by age 4 compared to her higher socioeconomic counterpart of the same age. continue reading

A Closer Look

Midland-Odessa: Building a School Readiness Community Across 38,000 Miles

Featured Success StoryIn the last four years, Midland-Odessa has transformed from an isolated area in West Texas to a community experiencing rapid growing pains from a fast and furious economic boom – more than a quarter of the nation’s natural gas is produced in Midland-Odessa.  Midland and its sister city Odessa, eighteen miles west, are at the epicenter of the “Petroplex,” where the oil and gas industry has brought an economic boom to the area, bringing many families and businesses over the last few years.  The economic boom has been so fast paced that the area is still adjusting to the expanding industry and the new residents – available housing is extremely scarce; so much so that a night’s stay in a common motel can cost 200 dollars! Area schools have also had to adjust, welcoming many new students. continue reading

A Closer Look

TSR BannerTSR! Banners Coming Soon!

TSR! banners are coming soon.  If you are a participating program you will be receiving our beautiful new TSR! banners.  Instructions are included in the package. Where will you hang yours?


Order ITELGOrder Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Guidelines!

There is still time to order “Little Texans. Big Futures.” for yourself or for your program.  These comprehensive guidelines were developed by CLI and the Texas Early Learning Council. Order the ITELG materials by clicking here.


BEECHCLI offers free online training for home-based providers

Spread the word about BEECH.  We have openings for the BEECH trainings available for FREE.  If you know any home-based providers. Please don’t let them miss this great opportunity. To learn more or to enroll now by clicking here.


Submit a StoryCheck out this great op-ed about BEECH written by Dr. Susan Landry

The quality of early childhood experiences impact children’s school readiness, as well as their future success in life. The research in this area is indisputable, which is why it’s important to think through how we approach child care quality in our state. To continue reading, click here.


Submit a StoryDo you have ideas for a great story about TSR!?

Do you have ideas for a great story about TSR!? Let us know about it.  We want to hear about your success.  Your community could be the next one featured in one of our newsletters. Email us at ms.cli@uth.tmc.edu.

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