Public Policy

The Children's Learning Institute was designated the State Center for Early Childhood Development in 2003 by Governor Rick Perry. Since then, CLI has positively influenced early childhood education policy in Texas by developing and implementing research-based resources and programs across the state. Collectively, these programs are known as CLI's State Initiatives.

Each year, thousands of early childhood teachers and tens of thousands of Texas families are positively impacted by our statewide programs. These programs are a public service to our state, provided at no cost to families, child care centers, family child care programs, and Head Start programs; they also represent CLI's commitment to improving early childhood education in Texas. CLI partners with the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Workforce Commission to provide resources and training to thousands of teachers, raising the quality of teacher-child interactions and learning opportunities for our most at-risk children.

Since 2003, these programs have included partnering with the Texas Education Agency to revise the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines, developing a one-of-a-kind professional development system for home-based child care providers (BEECH), working with the Texas Early Learning Council to write and disseminate the Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines, partnering with dozens of local organizations each year to implement Texas School Ready in cities and regions across the state, housing the offices of the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office and Texas Early Learning Council...and much more.

Scroll down to learn more about each of these programs and how CLI is working every day to positively impact early childhood programs and families across our state.

Programs


Act Early Texas!

Act Early Texas! is a set of online developmental and screening tools for parents who would like to learn more about their child’s development to determine if it is on schedule. Working in tandem with the Center for Disease Control, The Autism Center of The Children’s Learning Institute is directing state attention and efforts through Act Early Texas! to better address the needs of young Texas with autism spectrum disorders, identify the gaps in autism resources, and provide tools and resources for contacting pediatricians and other childhood specialists about potential developmental delays.

CIRCLE CDA Training Program

CLI is introducing a new program to help early childhood teachers in Texas obtain the training hours they need to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) CredentialTM for center-based programs. The CIRCLE CDA Training program will allow CLI to provide a new professional development opportunity and career pathway to early childhood teachers.

Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS)

The Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System is a statewide program designed to meet the professional development needs of those working in the early childhood field. The TECPDS website offers several tools and resources to help early childhood professionals.

Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office

In 2007, the Children’s Learning Institute was selected by the Governor of Texas to be the community partner with and home base for the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office. Members of the Texas Head Start Collaboration Office are housed in the Children’s Learning Institute offices, take advantage of access to the experts within the facilities, and are partially supported by funds from the Institute over and above the budget provided by the state.

Texas School Ready

Texas School Ready is a comprehensive preschool teacher training program combining a research-based, state-adopted curriculum with ongoing professional development and progress monitoring tools. The goal of this program is to help children be better prepared for school.


Resources


Beginning Education: Early Childcare at Home

The Beginning Education: Early Childcare At Home program is a web-based professional development system specifically designed for home childcare providers and is available in English and Spanish. The program is free to all users on CLI Engage and focuses on supporting the socio-emotional, cognitive, language, literacy, and mathematics development of young children.

CLI Engage

CLI Engage is a comprehensive e-learning platform housing TSR Online professional development, child progress monitoring tools, and classroom observation tools - available for free to Texas public schools, Head Start programs, and Texas Rising Star Certified Providers.

Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS)

The Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System is a statewide program designed to meet the professional development needs of those working in the early childhood field. The TECPDS website offers several tools and resources to help early childhood professionals.

Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines and Training

The purpose of the Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines is to outline expectations about what children should know and be able to do across domains of learning during specific age ranges and to outline steps for caregivers to support healthy development.

Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines and Training (2008)

The Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines, published in 2008, were developed to help educators provide all preschool children with the proper foundations for school success. CLI also created a web-based professional development tool to provide educators an introduction to the guidelines. This instrument includes video examples of child behaviors and classroom interactions and provides instructional strategies for teachers to support students.