Archive for March, 2013

What’s up in the Legislature?

When the Texas Legislature is in session, there is never a dull moment!! Coupled with President Obama’s early childhood education initiatives that are potentially in play at the federal level, it is fascinating to watch what is happening in the Texas Legislature as well as in the Federal Legislature. Following are some links that allow […]

Revised Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners and Administrators

The Texas Early Learning Council just released an updated version of the Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners. Included in the updated document you will find new resources for professionals and refined core competency statements. This document helps professionals in the field of early childhood education be more aware of the skills and knowledge […]

The Importance of Recess

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a policy statement on the importance of unstructured play for the overall healthy development of children. The report was published in the January issue of Pediatrics: The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatricians. The abstract of the report notes the importance of recess in the overall […]

Program Intent Codes for Pre-K

A “To the Administrator Addressed” letter outlining three new Program Intent Codes (PIC) for Pre-K was disseminated by TEA on March 11, 2013. The new codes will be added to the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) effective with the 2013–2014 PEIMS budget financial data submission and the 2014–2015 PEIMS actual financial data submission. More […]

New Early Learning Guidelines: “Little Texans. Big Futures.”

The Texas Early Learning Council has just released some new voluntary guidelines. These early learning guidelines were developed for the parents, caregivers, and educators of infants, toddlers, and three-year-olds. The guidelines are entitled, “Little Texans. Big Futures.”  Included are child behaviors and caregiver strategies that can influence optimal brain development in young children. The guidelines are divided […]

Kindergarten Teachers of Texas – Region 10 Conference

The KToT Region 10 Conference will be held in Garland on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Florence Parsons Pre-Kindergarten School. The event will be from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the theme is Let’s Get Rockin’! The registration fee is $30.00, nonrefundable, and due by April 2, 2013. Please direct questions about this even […]