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TEA Early Childhood Documents

Early Childhood Program Self-Assessment Overview

10.26.20 A brief webinar with corresponding PPT that introduces the newly revised Early Childhood Program Self-Assessment documents

TEA's Early Childhood Education FAQs


High-Quality Early Childhood Program Self-Assessment

The 1st and 2nd grade will be available soon. The revisions mostly reflect the requirements associated with HB3. If you have any questions regarding any of the documents, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Office Hours Available through Amplify (mCLASS)

Are you looking for information on using the 2020-21 Texas Early Childhood Progress Monitoring Assessment Tools? Plan to attend these virtual office hours and ask your questions.

CLI Engage Training Calendar

Are you looking for information on using the 2020-21 Texas Early Childhood Progress Monitoring Assessment Tools? Plan to attend these virtual office hours and ask your questions.

Education Service Centers

Samples of materials submitted for consideration are generally available for public viewing at TEA and each of the 20 education service centers.

Proclamation 2021

This is a TEA link that will take you to prekindergarten curriculum sample materials that can now be viewed digitally.

The SBOE issued Proclamation 2021 at its June 2019 meeting to call for English and Spanish prekindergarten systems. The adoption of materials under Proclamation 2021 is scheduled to occur in November 2020. The adopted materials are scheduled to go into classrooms in the 2021–22 school year.

Proclamation 2021 Pre-Adoption Samples

In an effort to limit unnecessary contact, prekindergarten sample materials can now be viewed digitally on the Proclamation 2021 Pre-Adoption Samples webpage.

Guidance on Identification and Placement of English Learners Prior to Kindergarten


Prekindergarten-4 HQPK Assessment Requirements / Best Practice

Posted Aug. 20, 2020

TEA Update 8/18/20


2020-2021 Tuition Rate Chart

For additional information, contact Rachel Robinson at or (512) 463-8869.

Sample Proposed Tuition Rate Letter

For additional information, contact Rachel Robinson at or (512) 463-8869.

Prekindergarten Tuition Approval

The Early Childhood Division is excited to announce that our Early Childhood Division Prekindergarten Tuition page has recently been updated to begin accepting and approving Pre-k tuition proposal letters from LEAs for school year 2020-2021.

Districts that are interested in offering tuition-supported half and full-day prekindergarten classes to 3- and 4-year old children who are ineligible for district-financed prekindergarten classes may begin submitting proposed tuition letters for the commissioner’s approval to

Pre-Kindergarten Eligibility Guidance

This document explains the Standard Eligibility Determination and the list of Eligible PreK students for the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program free or reduced-price eligibility.

Reading Instruments Guidance - May 21, 2020

Kindergarten TEC, §28.006(b) requires the commissioner to adopt a multidimensional assessment tool that includes a reading instrument and tests at least three developmental skills, including literacy, for use in diagnosing the reading development and comprehension of kindergarten students. The commissioner has adopted TX-KEA (CLI).

TEC, §28.006(b-1) permits the commissioner to approve an alternative reading instrument for use in diagnosing the reading development and comprehension of kindergarten students. The commissioner has approved mCLASS Texas Edition (Amplify) as the alternative reading instrument.

Information regarding training opportunities for these instruments will be made available soon.

LEAs are required to use one of these two reading diagnostic instruments for the beginning-of-year screener, starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

However, because of disruptions to the 2019-2020 school year and possible disruptions to the 2020-2021 school year resulting from COVID-19, districts may request a waiver in order to continue to use the instrument they used in the 2019-2020 school year or another instrument approved by a local district board of trustees in order to best meet student needs in the 2020-2021 school year only.

A waiver of the requirement to use one of the two specified instruments will only be approved for one year and will not be waived in the 2021-2022 school year and beyond.

Guidance on Grading and Graduation Requirements - March 30, 2020


COVID-19 Updates - March 26, 2020

This is the March 26, 2020 TEA letter about Prekindergarten Student Progress Monitoring, Prekindergarten Waivers, and PK enrollment.

COVID-19 Support: Academics


Early Childhood Education Guidance - April 23, 2020

This is an April 23, 2020 TEA Early Childhood Education Guidance on

  • full day prekindergarten waiver
  • prekindergarten registration
  • prekindergarten eligibility
  • prekindergarten student progress monitoring
  • high quality prekindergarten
Emergency Child Care Guide for Schools

This link takes you to:

Guidance for Emergency Child Care With guidance from the Governor’s Office, the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Health and Human Services, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, this resource is provided by the Texas Education Agency to assist district leaders who are needing to establish emergency child care facilities for COVID-19 frontline employees.

This information supports decisions related to:

• Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) emergency child care operations process

• Emergency child care operating requirements

• Foundational procedures: age groups, classroom ratios and groups size, and health and safety practices for children of all ages (0-12)


As some of you probably already know, PBS TV stations across the state have arranged their programming schedule to offer their educational content grouped by grade level appropriateness. The agency has partnered with these PBS affiliates to promote this effort. In addition to the television broadcast options being offered by Texas PBS stations, TEKS-aligned supplemental materials, including interactive lessons and media galleries, can also be found online at

The two documents below have the basic information for this initiative. Please share these documents with teachers and parents.

Educator Resource Guide


COVID-19 Support: Special Populations

Welcome to the COVID-19 support page for special populations. Here you can find guidance and resources organized by the following categories. For questions, please email

Tips for Managing Behaviors for At-Home Learning

Guidance on managing children with challenging behaviors.

Free Online Professional Development Resources and Webinars

In June 2020, TEA published this .pdf with a list of their free online professional development resources.

Early Childhood Data Collection Requirements


Strong Start Resources

This is a link to the TEA website that offers this ppt document.

Planning for Back to School: Remote Asynchronous Pre-Kindergarten Model provides:

  • an overview of school-level model design considerations

  • guidance to plan for a remote Pre-Kindergarten model