The LoneStar LEND is a collaborative effort between UTHealth, University of Houston, Texas Women’s University, University of Houston Clear Lake and Baylor College of Medicine. Its purpose is to improve global service delivery, including increased identification and diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (ASD/ND), to children with ASD/ND across the state of Texas in the Core Disciplines by providing training not only in the Texas Medical Center, but also across the entire state through a Distance Learning Initiative and annual conference. The LoneStar LEND Mission particularly promotes underrepresented and underserved children across Texas, teaching cultural and linguistic competency and family-centered care, in an interdisciplinary model, to produce future leaders to serve children with ASD/ND.
and Learning Strategies (PALS)
The PALS curriculum, developed by faculty at CLI, teaches parents specific skills for interacting with their infants and toddlers that lead to better child outcomes, particularly in children from high-risk families. The program is designed to be facilitated by a trained parent educator who presents each session to the parent(s) and coaches the parent(s) in utilizing the specific techniques.
Out and Read Texas (ROR-TX)
ROR-TX is part of a national pediatric literacy program dedicated to making early literacy a standard part of pediatric primary healthcare. Pediatricians encourage parents to read aloud to their young children and distribute books to their patients at all wellness check-ups from six months to five years of age. There are 1,200 pediatricians participating across Texas.
Texas Early Learning Council
The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 required governors to designate or establish a State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care to improve the quality, availability, and coordination of services for children from birth to school entry. This council is designed to bring together top decision makers for collective discussion about how to better coordinate services so that young children have the supports in place that they need. The Council provides an excellent opportunity to leverage federal investment, it can be an outstanding forum in which to build support for early learning, and should be viewed as a means to an end.
Head Start State Collaboration Office (THSSCO)
Head Start is a Federal-State partnership begun in 1965 to promote healthy development in young children. In 1990, the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office was created and funded to improve collaboration among Texas schools, social service agencies and other community programs related to or involved with early childhood education. There are seven priorities: education, family literacy, children with disabilities, health, childcare, community service, and welfare.
Reading First Initiative
The Texas Reading First Initiative (TRFI) is part of the federal Reading First Initiative established through the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This federal initiative is designed to provide professional development for teachers to implement scientifically-based reading programs, and to ensure accountability through ongoing, valid and reliable screening, diagnostic, and progress monitoring assessments. The overall goal is to help all students achieve reading mastery by the end of third grade.
The Children’s Learning Institute implements the Texas School Ready! project as an early education approach that serves at-risk preschool-aged children through shared resources between public and private early childhood education programs. The design of Texas School Ready! increases children’s school readiness through five evidence-driven components: research-based curriculum, technology-driven child progress monitoring, facilitated teacher professional development, ongoing teacher mentoring, and sustainability, including participation in the Texas School Readiness Certification System (SRCS).
TPRI is a scientifically proven effective assessment tool developed by faculty at CLI. The TPRI provides a comprehensive picture of a student's reading and language arts development from kindergarten through third grade as well as a balanced and reliable approach to reading instruction.
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