April Crawford, Ph.D.Director of State Initiatives

Dr. April Crawford serves as the Director of State Initiatives at the Children’s Learning Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has been with the Children’s Learning Institute for more than 10 years. In this role, she oversees implementation of CLI’s statewide initiatives focusing on early childhood education and literacy, including the Texas School Ready project, the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office, and Reach Out and Read-Texas. Dr. Crawford directly oversees statewide implementation of the nationally recognized Texas School Ready project, which serves approximately 2,500 teachers and 40,000 children annually. Along with other faculty members, she provides grant writing and project management support to further the mission of CLI and expand our programs.

Dr. Crawford developed several research-based performance assessment tools and measures for use by pre-k teachers participating in the Texas School Ready project, including the Classroom Observation Tool (COT), the Classroom Environment Checklist (CEC), and the Administrator Classroom Observation Tool (A-COT).  She served as the lead author of the Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners and Administrators.  Dr. Crawford also serves on a Texas Workforce Commission subcommittee, established by the Texas Legislature, which is tasked with making improvements and recommendations for the Texas Rising Star early childhood program quality rating and improvement system. She is currently a co-investigator on two research studies: Comparative Coaching and Parents and Teachers Together: e-PATT.

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April Crawford, Ph.D.
Director of State Initiatives
April Crawford, Ph.D.