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

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Katherine Abba, Ph.D., Sarah Abrahams, Courtney Arbour, Travis Armstrong, Ed.D., Weldon Beard, Terrie Breeden, April Crawford, Ph.D., Sam Eng, Alferma Giles, Ph.D., Melissa Horton, Beck Huss-Keeler, Ph.D., Ramah Leith, Jerletha McDonald, Dana McGrath, Jacquie Porter, Julie Richards, Teresa Robledo, Stephanie Rubin, Kierstan Schwab, and June Yeatman to the Texas Early Learning Council for terms to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. Additionally, the Governor named Jacquie Porter chair of the council, and Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott will serve as honorary chair.

The Texas Early Learning Council serves as Texas’ state advisory council as required by the federal Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. The Council utilizes its breadth of stakeholder representation to increase coordination and collaboration across state agencies and local program and service providers in order to improve the quality of and access to early childhood services across Texas. In 2019, the Council will lead a statewide birth-five needs assessment and strategic plan as part of Texas’ Preschool Development Grant project.

April Crawford, Ph.D. is an associate professor and the director of strategic initiatives and program implementation at CLI. Alferma Giles, Ph.D. is the director of the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office, housed at CLI.

Learn more at the Office of the Governor's website.

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