In 2005 the Texas Legislature, through the leadership of Texas Senator Judith Zaffirini, directed the State Center for Early Childhood Development (SCECD) under Senate Bill 23, to explore how to better integrate the delivery of early childhood education for three- and four-year old children at risk for school failure. This bill challenged educators to assist Texas children, particularly those from low socioeconomic backgrounds and/or learning English as a second language. This legislation targets children who are entering kindergarten programs without the basic cognitive skills necessary for them to succeed academically and become school ready.
From this effort, the Texas Early Education Model - now known as the Texas School Ready! Project (TSR) was created to form the basis for a statewide early childhood education program. This program provides cost-effective coordinated and integrated services to the greatest extent possible among early childcare facilities and education programs. The three key instructional components of TSR include research based curriculum, effective and ongoing web-based professional development, and technology driven progress monitoring for child learning. If these criteria are met, an early childhood program is certified for preparing its children ready for kindergarten and is presented with a Texas School Ready Certification.
Our organization believes that each child must be prepared to enter kindergarten ready to learn. With programs administered in Laredo, Starr County, and the Rio Grande Valley we are excited about the educational opportunities we provide. The TSR Project is successful thanks to its partners. Partnerships include our Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program, County Head Start programs, the school districts, the workforce development boards, the higher education facilities and private child care businesses.