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Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth awarded $3.3 million to expand popular literacy program

The Developing Talkers literacy program has been so successful that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded $3.3 million to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) to expand it.

Janelle Montroy, PhD, of the Children's Learning Institute, sat with FOX26 News to discuss children's sleep issues

On FOX 26 News, Janelle Montroy, PhD, of the Children's Learning Institute, talked about why children with sleep issues have problems with their studies.

CLI's Associate Director Tricia Zucker earns Presidential Award for helping at-risk children

In school districts across the Lone Star State, programs developed by Tricia Zucker, PhD, of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are helping students achieve their full potential. In recognition of her efforts, Zucker, the associate director of the Children’s Learning Institute at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, will be presented the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers on July 25 in Washington, D.C. Zucker is the Harriet and Joe Foster Distinguished Professor at UTHealth.

Tricia Zucker, PhD, Joined Fox 26 News in Houston to Share Tips for Parents on Reducing Screen Time for Kids in the Summer

Tricia Zucker, PhD, associate director of the Children's Learning Institute at UTHealth, gives parents advice on how to reduce the time their kids spend staring at smartphones and TV screens this summer.

CLI Staff Appointed to Texas Early Learning Council by Governor Greg Abbott

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.

Research finds effects of concussion in children can linger up to a year

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.

UTHealth, Children’s Museum are getting children excited about science

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.

CLI awarded $4.7 million to improve education outcomes

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.

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.