Early Childhood Newsletter

ESC-Region 6 - July 8 , 2019

Hello Administrators!

Hopefully, you are having a great summer and you have scheduled time for yourself to rest and rejuvenate before our upcoming school year begins. Be sure to take a day or two to stay in your pj's until noon and just do whatever makes your heart and soul happy.

YOU DESERVE IT1

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News...Updates...and Reminders...

It's time to renew your membership in the Early Childhood Collaborative!

Give your teachers the training and support they need to help build the foundation that children need to succeed.


See flyer below for more information!

2019-2020 Schedule for Early Childhood Workshops

Click HERE to view the Early Childhood 2019-2020 Workshop Schedule

Rider 78 Reminders for Hiring and Placing Pre-K Teachers

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 ensuring that Pre-K teaching positions are filled with teachers who are certified to teach early childhood and who meet one of the following qualification options:


a) A Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or another early childhood education credential approved by the agency;


b) A certification offered through a training center accredited by Association Montessori Internationale or through the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education;


c) At least eight years of experience teaching in a nationally-accredited child care program;


d) Be employed as a prekindergarten teacher in a school district that has received approval from the commissioner for the district’s prekindergarten-specific instructional training plan that the teacher uses in the teacher’s prekindergarten classroom; or


e) An equivalent certification.


See this TEA Guidance Letter for more details.

ECDS Submission, Student Data Reports, and New Class Roster Uploads in CLI Engage

-July 18th- All Pre-K Progress Monitoring Data must be entered into ECDS


-July 31st- Final Day to export CLI data and reports from the 2019-2019 school year

(If you want to access and/or save any student reports or student data information...You must run the reports and download them before July 31st. 2018-2019 Data will be archived and inaccessible after this date. See below for available reports that can be run.


-August 7th- First day to upload new 2019-2020 class rosters into CLI Engage

(However, CLI Recommends to not upload students before your official first day of school and

students are enrolled in PEIMS)

CLI Data Reports can be run in several formats:

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House Bill 3

We will learn more and more about House Bill 3 in the next several months. Here is a summary presentation that TEA has shared to help us start getting an idea of the changes that are in store for Early Childhood Education.

MORE ABOUT HB 3

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 3, a groundbreaking and innovative piece of legislation that brings transformative change to public education in Texas.


TEA is committed to providing timely and in-depth information to school districts regarding the new requirements in the law. To this end, the Agency has created a new website which can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/HB3/. This new site already features extensive information regarding HB3.


Additionally, TEA has launched a new web video series, “HB3 in 30.” Each video will feature, in roughly 30 minutes, an overview and detailed explanation of a specific provision in House Bill 3, as well as information on how TEA is working to implement applicable changes to public education required by this new legislation. Videos will be released every Thursday and will be accompanied by supporting documents available for download.


The first video in the series, an overview of Budget Planning for Teacher Compensation, is scheduled for release on Thursday, June 27.

A full schedule of weekly release dates, a summary of HB3, frequently asked questions, and implementation guidance for school districts can be found on the TEA House Bill 3 information site.


HB3 contains major reforms to public education. The law:

· Supports teachers and rewards teacher excellence;

· Focuses on learning and improving student outcomes by:

· Prioritizing early literacy, including PreK

· Incentivizing college, career and military readiness;

· Increasing support for special education; and

· Expanding learning opportunities

· Increases funding and equity; and

· Reduces and reforms property taxes and recapture.


It is TEA's goal to provide, both through the new website and the “HB3 In 30” video series, clear guidance on what exactly HB3 does and seeks to accomplish. We hope these resources prove valuable to you as you prepare for the coming school year.


If you have specific questions about the bill, please email us at HB3info@tea.texas.gov.

Information on how the changes from House Bill 3 to the Texas education code and other Texas statutes will affect Texas public schools is listed below.


As more information becomes available it will be shared with Texas school systems and posted here.

Texas Commission on Public School Finance Final Report (PDF)

House Bill 3: Bill Text (PDF)

House Bill 3: Fiscal Note\ (PDF)\

HB 3 High-Level Overview


The Texas Education Agency will be releasing resources that explain House Bill 3 at a very high level so that the public-at-large can better understand the different components of the law and what guidance they can expect from the agency over the next few weeks and months. Make sure to check this section for new resources as they are released.

HB 3 Overview (PDF)

HB 3 Bill Summary (PDF)

HB 3 2-Pager (PDF)

State Funded Pre-K Eligibility and Free Meals Waiver

Texas Department of Agriculture released the following information regarding prekindergarten eligibility and free meals.


New Guidance: State-Funded Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Eligibility Waiver

For School Year 2019-2020, USDA has approved the continuation of free eligibility for students enrolled in state-funded pre-K programs. All students participating/enrolled in a state-funded early childhood or pre-K program are categorically eligible for free meals. When a list of student names is provided by the appropriate district or charter school official, the students are coded as directly certified on the CE’s roster and in the CE’s point of service (POS) system. The roster and POS system must identify the categorical program participation for these students.


Please note, TDA is aware that TEA codes pre-K students in different ways for educational purposes, such as enrolled, enrolled in membership, or in attendance. These differences in coding do not impact the free eligibility of state-funded pre-K students—even if the state does not cover the full cost of the student’s pre-K instruction—all state-funded pre-K students are treated the same for the school meal programs. To ensure that the CE records accurate information for PEIMS, please contact the ESC PEIMS specialist in your region or TEA.

UPDATE on NEW ELAR/SLAR TEKS

We are still awaiting the official T.E.A. Release of the New ELAR/SLAR TEKS. We know that the additions and changes to the TEKS that were proposed in June were not accepted by the State Board of Education. However, the TEKS are still under technical review and a few minor tweaks are being considered. As soon as the final documents are released, I will email everyone and share that news.


If your teachers were not able to attend one of the New ELAR/SLAR Workshops that we have provided over the summer, see the flyer below for more information.

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PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS AND/OR CONCERNS PERTAINING TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

SUSAN CRYER

SCRYER@ESC6.NET

(936)435-8369