ECE Support Networks

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Education Division at the Texas Education Agency supports districts and charters in improving the quality of their prekindergarten programs through a program called Early Childhood Education (ECE) Support Networks. This program provides targeted technical assistance to five groups of local education agencies (LEAs) with each group focusing on an aspect of early childhood education (quality, access, or partnerships). Technical assistance  takes place in the form of monthly calls with TEA staff, webinars, virtual PLC meetings, resource development and sharing, activities, and assignments.

Program Details

The ECE Support Networks program is approximately one year in duration. Each group is facilitated by a TEA program specialist and addresses five to eight topic-specific units within their area of focus over the course of the year via topic intros, virtual professional learning community meetings, and one-on-one phone calls between TEA staff and participating LEAs.

To further enhance the sharing of knowledge and resources within each group, TEA provides and manages group-specific websites that feature chat functionality and a resource library.

Educational Service Center Engagement

The technical assistance provided to districts and charters through the ECE Support Network program is intended to support, not supplant the services provided by Educational Service Centers (ESCs). To further increase the impact of the ECE Support Networks program, representatives from ESCs are invited to participate in the group topic introductions, the idea/resource sharing via the group websites, and, when able, the phone calls between the TEA and LEAs in their regions (each ESC will receive a list of LEAs selected to participate from their region). Additionally, many of the LEAs participating may need in-person support (trainings, mentoring/coaching, more individualized technical assistance, etc.) to improve the quality of their prekindergarten programs. When such support is needed, TEA will direct participating LEAs to the ESC in their region regarding contracting for additional services

Timeline

September 10, 2018: kickoff webinar for all participants

September 17, 2018: topic-specific units for each group begin

 

Group Topics*

Quality

Alignment Between Prekindergarten and Kindergarten

  • Structures for Supporting Alignment (PLCs, Shared PD, Classroom Observations)
  • Administrator’s Role in Supporting Alignment (Building Knowledge and Processes)
  • Curriculum (Scope and Sequence of Development, Prekindergarten Guidelines and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Alignment, Understanding Scaffolding and Spiraling)
  • Instruction (Common instruction strategies, daily schedule, and teacher-child interactions)
  • Learning Environments (Room arrangement, meaningful print, etc.)
  • Classroom Management (Routines/procedures and student behavior)
  • Transition Plan (Class placement, data-sharing, family engagement)
  •  Planning for the next school year/Moving forward in implementing alignment

 

Classroom Environment

  • Physical Classroom Arrangement
  • Classroom Furnishings
  • Learning Centers
  • Health and Safety
  • Use of Print
  • Display of Children’s Work

 

Enrollment/Access

  • Enrollment Processes
  • Enrollment Outreach Strategies
  • Identifying Access Gaps
  • Landscape Analysis and Needs Assessment
  • Challenges and Factors in Increasing Access
  • Developing an Access Plan

     

    Partnerships

    Public-Private Partnerships and SB1882 Partnerships

    • Finding and Preparing Eligible Partners
    • Teacher Certification
    • Student Attendance Accounting
    • Data Reporting
    • District Teacher Models
    • Provider Teacher Models
    • Serving Special Education and English Language Learner students
    • Creating Partnership Contracts

     

    *The specific focus within each group will be determined after initial conversations with group members.