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Teacher Needs Assessment Survey for Inclusion of Children with Special Needs

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.

Texas School Ready Project Featured in New America Report

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 Interview for Autism Awareness Month

Dr. Anson Koshy, director of CLI's Center for Autism and Related Conditions, was interviewed in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.

Kindergarten screening program to be offered in Beaumont area

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.

Chef's special multi-course tasting dinner benefits UTHealth Children’s Learning Institute

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.

Free Resources Will Soon be Available for Educators

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.

New, free early childhood education resources available for Texas Panhandle teachers

Pre-k and kindergarten teachers in the Texas Panhandle are getting more resources in an effort to better their teaching, students and classrooms. The Children's Learning Institute (CLI) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston hosted an informational session Thursday to introduce teachers in Region 16 to the free tools offered on

Children’s Learning Institute recognized for excellence by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The Children’s Learning Institute, a part of McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), has been honored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for its excellence in advancing the field of education.

Tech can make your conversations with kids way more effective

Long before the first dada, a baby is soaking up language and developing skills for rudimentary conversation, and for decades scientists have studied the word soup in which babies swim. A breakthrough came in 1995, when two pioneering researchers from the University of Kansas—Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley—found that the more families talked to their babies and toddlers, the more likely they excelled academically later in life.

Why kids who have trouble behaving in preschool fall behind

The landscape of early schooling is drastically changing. More and more children are attending school at an earlier age. At the same time, early childhood and kindergarten programs are increasing focus on academic content. But are these children ready for school?