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.
This multidisciplinary program of research directed by Dr. Ewing-Cobbs includes longitudinal natural history studies as well as clinical trials examining a variety of outcomes in children and adults with acquired or developmental conditions that affect brain development and/or function.
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.
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.
Play and Learning Strategies is a preventive intervention program to strengthen the bond between parent and child and to stimulate early language, cognitive, and social development. The program is facilitated by a trained parent educator who presents each session to the parent(s) and coaches the parent(s) in using the specific techniques that are either demonstrated in person or via videotaped examples of real mothers and children utilizing specific techniques at age appropriate levels. Guided practice opportunities during each session help parents move from watching listening and talking, to doing. PALS Infant curriculum consists of 10 sessions and is appropriate for parents of infants from about 5 months to 18 months. PALS Toddler consists of 12 sessions and is appropriate for parents of toddlers from about 18 months to 3 years.
Reach Out and Read is a national program that prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. The Children's Learning Institute is home to the Texas branch of this program.
Throughout the school year, our School-Based Programs provide early intervention to students who are at-risk for or who are experiencing reading and math failure as well as enrichment programs for students with grade level academic skills.
In order to best prepare individuals for independent research careers in the education sciences, the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) will provide four postdoctoral fellows with extensive training in special education research with a focus on language and literacy interventions.
During the summer break, CLI Clinics provides hands-on tutoring in reading and math to help children prepare for the upcoming school year. These targeted tutoring programs can be instrumental in helping children develop the skills they need to be successful.
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.
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 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.