Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines and Training (2008)

Learning experiences of the preschool years provide a foundation that guide children academically, socially, and emotionally. Children’s learning and intellectual growth are affected by the specific experiences they have in a preschool classroom. These experiences can influence the rest of a child's life. The Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines, published in 2008, were developed to help educators provide all preschool children with the proper foundations for school success. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) tasked CLI as the State Center for Early Childhood Development with facilitating the process to revise the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines in 2008.

The revised guidelines were developed with the expertise of writing teams and state and national experts, along with input gathered from public forums across the state and written comments submitted during the public comment period. This feedback was incorporated into the guidelines, approved by the Commissioner of Education, and presented to the State Board of Education in May 2008. The guidelines will remain voluntary and will guide publishers in revising prekindergarten instructional materials in the future.

CLI also created a web-based, interactive professional development tool to orient and provide educators an introduction to the 2008 Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines. The professional development includes video examples of child behaviors and classroom interactions and provides instructional strategies teachers can use to support students. The tool can be accessed here.

Note: The Texas Education Agency published updated Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines in 2015, as part of the High Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program established in House Bill 4, 84th Texas Legislature, 2015. Click here for more information.