FREE Webinar – Developing culturally responsive approaches to serving diverse populations

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm CT, join a webinar hosted by the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families to learn how programs can conceptualize and achieve cultural responsiveness. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, it’s important for community-based organizations to deliver culturally responsive services that match the multicultural, multilingual communities they serve.

This webinar panel will feature policy, training and technical assistance, and programmatic organizations, and builds on the Center’s resource guide on this topic.

Check out the upcoming events…

Join us for a make and take series focused on the Math & Science Guidelines! Each training will be three hours in the morning or afternoon with an opportunity for you to make it a full day PD or just take a half day off. Check out the first one of the series:

Counting Skills in Pre-K, Much More than 1, 2, 3

October 24th,     9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Workshop # FA1737687      $50

Discovering Physical Sciences Through a Child’s Eye

October 24th,         1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Workshop # FA1736938       $50

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FREE Webinar – Creating Emotionally Intelligent Schools with Conscious Discipline

Dr. Becky Bailey, creator of Conscious Discipline, often says, “Discipline is not something we do to children, it is something we develop within them.”

With that in mind, Conscious Discipline most often focuses on a set of social and emotional skills and tools. In a classroom or school setting, what is most proximate (and painful) is kids that are missing critical skills. It’s these missing skills that drive kids to act out on their community – the behavior that drives up discipline referrals, bullying and disruptive behavior.

So what does it take for social and academic skills to soar?

The Conscious Discipline Brain State Model is at the core of the approach. By learning how to recognize a child’s brain state, adults can access an entirely new toolset that helps children shift their internal state and reach optimal learning and creative problem-solving. This is essential, because until the underlying needs and missing skills are met – the top tier of setting goals will continue to be really difficult for kids.

As adults learn how to create safe, connected environments for themselves and the children in their care, they meet the most basic needs of each brain state – and affect radical transformation in children (and themselves!).

In this FREE WEBINAR Jill Molli offers an overview of foundational concepts and shares remarkable stories of transformation.

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How do we keep track of student’s progress?

Rider 78 aims to increase quality in all Pre-K programs across the state. One of ways to ensure that we provide a high quality Pre-k program is to ensure that student’s are making progress throughout the year. TEA recently hosted a webinar on Student Progress Monitoring which highlights key components of data collection and our role as teachers.

The presentation content, recording of the webinar, and FAQ from the Student Progress Monitoring webinar can be found on the Educator Resources page of the TEA website.

TEA will also host the following webinars to support districts’/charters’ high-quality prekindergarten efforts.

  1. Registration for the HQ Prekindergarten Component: Teacher Qualifications Webinar on October 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM CDT at:
  2. Registration for the Early Childhood Education – Updates Webinar on October 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM CTD at:

Please see the Rider 78 FAQ document below as well as the resources and support guidance documents on the HQPK program page.


NEW Early Childhood Outcomes and PreKindergarten Guidelines Alignment

Updated with the Revised 2015 Texas PreKindergarten Guidelines!

Design your preschool instruction to align with the Texas Education Agency’s prekindergarten guidelines and early childhood outcomes.

This document aligns each prekindergarten guideline to one or more of the three early childhood outcomes. In addition, it suggests appropriate goals and interventions for children with learning differences.

For each outcome, a developmental continuum suggests ways that teachers can develop appropriate goals for children who are developmentally functioning below four-year-old expectations. This continuum includes foundational skills that will lead to expected three-year-old and four-year-old skills. The foundational skills can be used to provide a direct link to the prekindergarten guidelines and function as a starting point for students who are furthest from age-appropriate skill levels when they enter Early Childhood Special Education Programs.

This connection of the developmental continuum of skills to the prekindergarten guidelines will help educators design developmentally appropriate, individualized goals for their youngest learners, including students with disabilities, students learning English as a second language, and any child who may be at risk educationally.

Order your printed spiral-bound copy here: A PDF version of this document can be downloaded FREE here:

What is Rider 78?

Rider 78, was passed by the 85th Texas Legislature, 2017, and signed by Governor Abbott on June 12, 2017. Rider 78 ensures that state-funded prekindergarten programs implement high-quality prekindergarten consistent with the High-Quality Prekindergarten program requirements in Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.167 – 29.171 and consistent with the provisions of TEC Chapters 41 and 42.

These requirements include:

  • use of a curriculum aligned with the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines
  • increased prekindergarten teacher training and/or qualifications
  • implementation of student progress monitoring
  • program evaluation
  • development of a family engagement plan

Rider 78 ensures that school districts spend 15% of the districts’ prekindergarten foundation school program (FSP) funding on High-Quality Prekindergarten programs over the period of the biennium. As an example, the TEA State Funding Division has calculated the 15% minimum to be allocated for High Quality Prekindergarten programs in the 2018-19 biennium based on the four-year-old prekindergarten half-day average daily attendance (ADA). Please see the calculation for your school district or charter school.

Some of you may already be familiar with the High Quality Pre-K requirements if you were a district that received House Bill 4 Grant money. Now those exact same requirements apply to ALL state funded Pre-K programs and the money source for these requirements is now FSP district funds.

For questions regarding Rider 78, please see the FAQ document  or contact us Erika Pozo  512-919-5478


Pre-Kindergarten Eligibility update

TEA recently sent out the  following letter updating the Prekindergarten Eligibility.


SUBJECT: Free Prekindergarten: Star of Texas Award Eligibility Criterion

During the 85th legislative session, an additional prekindergarten eligibility criteria was created to provide free public prekindergarten to children of peace officers, firefighters and first responders who have demonstrated remarkable courage and heroism in serving and protecting their communities throughout the state.

Free Public Three- and Four-Year-Old Prekindergarten

In 2017, the Texas Legislature amended via House Bill 357 Section 29.153 of the Texas Education Code (TEC) to include among those who are eligible for free public prekindergarten, a child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Awards. House Bill 357 was signed by Governor Abbott on June 15, 2017 and is effective immediately.

Summary of Prekindergarten Eligibility for Certain Children:

A child is eligible for free prekindergarten if they are four years old on or before September 1 of the current school year and meets one of the seven criteria listed below. A district may offer (but is not required to offer) a three-year-old program to eligible children, and the same criteria would apply. Age is always calculated as of September 1, of the current school year (for purposes of establishing eligibility). Therefore, a child is eligible for enrollment in prekindergarten if at least three years of age and:

  1. is unable to speak and comprehend the English language;
  2. is educationally disadvantaged (which means a student who is eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program);
  3. is homeless;
  4. is the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States;
  5. is the child of a member of the armed forces who was injured or killed while on active duty;
  6. is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code; or
  7. is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as:
    1. a peace officer under Section 3106.002, Government Code;
    2. a firefighter under Section 3106.003, Government Code; or
    3. an emergency medical first responder under Section 3106.004, Government Code.

The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division honors recipients annually in September. The resolution (certificate) awarded to an individual serves as proof of eligibility to enroll these children in free prekindergarten if they are age-eligible. A list of past honorees may be viewed on the Criminal Justice Division—Past Honorees webpage. If an individual has a prekindergarten-aged child and has been nominated, but not notified as an honoree prior to the current school year, an individual may make a request to the Office of Early Childhood Education to make an eligibility determination based on the nomination submitted for review to the Criminal Justice Division.

If you have additional policy questions, please contact Howard Morrison in the Office of Early Childhood Education at


Marnie Glaser
Executive Director of Early Childhood Education
Academics Division

Last Days to Register for Conscious Discipline July 10-11!

We are just a few days away from our much anticipated event!

As you know we will be offering a copy of the latest edition of the Conscious Discipline book. In order to have all orders in time for the training please register by Friday June 23. If you register past that date we may not be able to have the book here but we can certainly have it delivered to your address within days.

Conscious Discipline® Chaos to Calm

The Early Childhood Services present:

Conscious Discipline® Chaos to Calm

Join us for a 2-Day event where we will discover how Conscious Discipline® empowers teachers to impact children’s behavior.

The NEW Conscious Discipline® book (expanded & updated) will be provided with registration!

Permanently changing children’s patterns of behavior is tough. Children must be both “willing” to learn how to behave and must know the “skills” of how to successfully interact with others . Come learn the skills needed to transform children’s aggressive and defiant behaviors  into cooperative children of your learning community.

Acquire the tools necessary to identify, meet, and manage your most difficult children!


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$25.00 off by May 1st, 2017

$15 off May 2nd-June 2nd

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