Head Start programs across our state have a strong commitment to supporting children, families, and community partners with school readiness. An important step of school readiness plans is the transition to a new school setting. Refer to resources from the ECLKC to develop transition plans:
The Texas Health and Human Services Early Childhood Intervention program announces the new Early Childhood Texas website. It’s a streamlined resource for Texas parents to find information about early childhood services available through the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The new website serves as a one-stop shop to connect Texas parents to a variety of free or low-cost services and resources, available through different state agencies and programs.
This Office of Head Start initiative supports homeless children and their families.
This Office of Head Start Initiative connects with the Opioid Response Network (ORN) that provides free educational resources and training to states, communities and individuals in the prevention, treatment and recovery of opioid use disorders and stimulant use. These trainings were provided by THSSCO in partnership with the ORN.
Texas early childhood practitioners, administrators, and specialists can create a free account on the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS) to access tools and resources to support career development. Also featuring the Texas Trainer Registry, visit TECPDS to find trainers and trainings.
Early childhood professionals in Texas can access many online trainings, offering certificates of completion, on these platforms:
Visit CLI Engage to access many free online professional development courses. Create your free account, start learning, and earn certificates.
Help your program determine how well an early childhood assessment or curriculum aligns with the domains and domain elements in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.
Our state has two documents that detail skills and abilities that young children should know and be able to do at different points in their development. The Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines, available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, include information on child development and how caregivers (parents and early childhood providers) can support optimal development in five key domains in children from birth to 48 months. The Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines were written to help preschool programs support optimal development in four-year-old children in ten skill domains. The Pre-K Guidelines are aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Both of these documents are voluntary but offer valuable information on child development for teachers and early childhood providers.
See free online professional development available for Texas’ early learning guidelines above.
The Office of Head Starts’ National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement has developed resources to effectively engage with parents, families and communities to promote children’s healthy development and learning. Strategies based in research support The Parent and Family Engagement Framework covering:
The family engagement resources on CLI Engage make the most of procedures you likely already have in place, such as progress monitoring, homework, parent-teacher conferences, and open houses. CLI advocates a new focus for these efforts: supporting families in better understanding children’s development and engaging in fun, developmentally appropriate activities that not only build skills but strengthen the bonds between family members. Download resources for administrators, teachers, and families, including guides, checklists, and free professional development.
THSSCO and the Texas Department of Agriculture are partnering up to connect families with local food banks through the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Reach and Resiliency by the USDA ! Find a local food bank near you by clicking one of the buttons below!