More than 1,100 schools participating in this year’s Texas School Ready! Project
Statewide program supports local teachers, proven to help more children be ready for kindergarten
HOUSTON – (Jan. 15, 2014) – The Children’s Learning Institute is pleased to announce that more than 2,000 early childhood teachers at 1,100 schools across Texas will be participating in the Texas School Ready! (TSR!) Project this year. A comprehensive early childhood education model, TSR! has been proven by multiple research studies to help more children be ready for kindergarten by helping teachers improve their teaching skills and provide a better environment for children’s learning.
Each year, many children arrive at kindergarten without the skills and abilities that they need to be successful in school. High-quality early childhood education programs like TSR! can have a profound impact on children’s ability to learn, grow and succeed in school. Teachers who are enrolled in TSR! receive specialized teacher training and materials to equip them to be more responsive to the needs of the children they serve. TSR! was developed by the Children’s Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Since 2003, TSR! has served more than 350,000 at-risk children in Texas.
More than 34,000 children in 34 communities across Texas are participating in TSR! this year. Teachers are provided tools to help them learn more about the specific instructional needs of the children in their classrooms and how to support children’s learning needs using engaging lessons and activities. Through TSR!, teachers improve their skills by receiving specialized professional development and trainings on child development and individualized coaching from dedicated TSR! coaches.
“Through TSR!, teachers receive training and resources that have been proven to help children learn letters, words, sounds, and math, skills and knowledge that are critical for children to be successful in kindergarten and later grades,” said TSR! Director April Crawford, Ph.D. “We have demonstrated year after year that we can create high quality early learning environments in any setting.” Child care centers, public schools and Head Start programs may participate in the TSR! Project.
Every school participating in TSR! this year received a large banner to promote their participation in the program. “We hope that schools participating in TSR! will hang their TSR! banners proudly and invite the community to the banner unveiling,” said Crawford. “The TSR! banners announce to local communities that schools participating in TSR! are committed to providing high quality early childhood education for young children and to helping more children be prepared for school.”