In The News
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed April Crawford, Ph.D. and Alferma Giles, Ph.D. to the Texas Early Learning Council for terms to expire at the pleasure of the Governor, along with 18 other members.
A study of children who experienced mild traumatic brain injury revealed that almost a third of them were still dealing with headaches, irritability, difficulty concentrating and other post-injury issues a year later, reported researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in the journal Pediatrics.
It is never too early to spark a child’s interest in science and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Children’s Museum of Houston are exploring new strategies to do just that. The National Science Foundation has awarded UTHealth a four-year, $2 million grant to collaborate with the Children’s Museum of Houston in looking for ways to create popular programs designed to engage children and their parents with the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
The Children’s Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has been awarded $4.7 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences for programs to further the institute's commitment to helping children realize their full potential. “Our core mission is to determine what educational programs work best for children, educators and their families,” said Susan Landry, Ph.D., the founder and director of the institute, which is part of the Department of Pediatrics at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. In keeping with that mission, April Crawford, Ph.D., received $3.3 million to compare different types of professional development programs for preschool teachers and Carolyn Denton, Ph.D., received $1.4 million to develop a reading program for at-risk kindergarten students.
Many early childhood classrooms include children with some kind of “special needs”, including physical, cognitive, language, social/emotional, or behavioral difficulties or delays. CLI is collecting information from early childhood professionals to gather information about teachers’ needs and/or interest in having additional professional development resources available to support you in working with children with special needs, and their families, in your program or classroom.
CLI's Texas School Ready Project is featured as one of five state profiles of high quality training programs that prepare pre-k teachers to work with young children.
Dr. Anson Koshy, director of CLI's Center for Autism and Related Conditions, was interviewed in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.
A kindergarten screening designed to help teachers learn more about their students' academic skills is available for free to public and charter schools in the Beaumont area.
Event chairs Jennifer and Neil Wizel welcomed a sellout crowd for the annual tasting dinner which benefits 13 programs, three clinics and over 26 research projects at UTHealth Children's Learning Institute. Chef Brandi Key created a special five-course dinner, each paired with a different wine.
The Children's Learning Institute came to Amarillo today to tell local kindergarten teachers about a new, free resource that will soon be available to them. The Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment will help educators know how ready students are before they start school.