Texas School Ready Project
In June 2003, Senate Bill 76 passed by large margins in both Houses and the Legislature; Governor Perry signed the bill into law and created the Texas Early Education Model (TEEM), now called the Texas School Ready! Project (TSR!). Legislative direction was given to the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at The University of Texas Department of Pediatrics in Houston (UTH) as the Grant Manager.
The findings of the 2003 National Reading Panel and the 2008 National Early Literacy Panel serve as the foundation for the TSR! Project. Early Childhood Education scientific researchers on both of these crucial panels agree that the 3 indicators of early reading, literacy, and language acquisition, and the strongest predictors of school success are:
- Rapid Letter Naming
- Rapid Vocabulary Naming
- Phonological Awareness
The YWCA of Lubbock secured this grant funding as the Lead Agency in the Fall of 2009 for the Lubbock and surrounding communities. Eligible classrooms include Head Start and Child Care and must have and maintain a minimum of 6 children that are 3 or 4 years of age before September 1 of the current school year. Child Care Centers must be in good standing with Texas DFPS and at least 50% of the children they serve must be “at-risk” (meeting Title 1 or federally-funded child care assistance program eligibility). These eligible classrooms and teachers are in the project for 3 years and receive the following:
- Research-based curriculum and teaching materials ($6,000+ value)
- High-quality teacher training accompanied by professional coaching ($5,700+ value)
- Teacher-administered progress monitoring ($650 value)
- Texas School Ready! Acknowledgment – Banner from CLI
- Stipend for each teacher upon successful completion of all components.