Texas

Our allies in Texas are experts on early childhood research, but their key to success is the ability to engage Texas community leaders to educate policymakers, the media, and the public about what works to improve the well-being of Texas children and families.

State Allies:

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Texans Care for Children • Austin, TX
Children at Risk • Houston, TX
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Top Priorities for 2020

Improve children’s health coverage and quality of prenatal and postpartum health services for low-income mothers

Increase the number of and access to high quality child care programs serving low-income infants and toddlers and strengthen the early childhood workforce through additional professional development, wage supports, or other efforts

Increase the number of low-income infants, toddlers, and families who are screened prenatally, at birth, and throughout a child’s earliest years to identify social, health, economic, and developmental needs and get successfully connected to necessary services

In 2019, our allies in Texas convinced the Legislature to finally fund full-day pre-k for eligible four-year-olds, following decades of half-day funding.

  • Raised the Child Care Minimum Standards of Nutrition and Active Play to be among the most robust in the country.
  • Increased data collection and inter-agency coordination and assigned a unique child identification number to children in the subsidized child care program, which is also assigned to children in the public school system, connecting these children from birth through high school and beyond.
  • Established new kindergarten through third grade reading standards that ensure teachers are better educated in the science of teaching reading, narrows the number of approved kindergarten readiness assessments, and requires districts to establish plans to improve early literacy.
  • $31 million for Early Childhood Intervention, a program for babies and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays.

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving systemic, long-lasting change for Texas’ young children by providing state allies with powerful advantages.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

News from Texas:

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Years of Early Childhood Advocacy Pay Off in Texas

Working with our supporters and partners in Texas and across the country, Texans Care for Children has had several great victories this year that will help more children and their families be healthy and thrive. But we are celebrating one of the biggest victories for Texas kids in recent memory: Governor Greg Abbott recently signed HB 3, the school finance bill that funds full-day pre-k for currently eligible four-year-olds.

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