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It's that time! The Spring 2022 Virtual Texas Tour is coming soon!


Dear Friend,

We’re thrilled to invite you to our virtual Spring 2022 Texas Tour! The CHILDREN AT RISK Early Childhood Education team will be hosting virtual meetings with ECE stakeholders across the state this April to share findings from our latest report, The Quest for Equity and Quality: Examining Provider Experiences and Participation in Texas Rising Star.

We will also be reviewing our work groups' strategic plan in preparation for the 88th legislative session. Over the past few months, our work groups have been meeting monthly to conduct deep dive discussions to further develop the specific aspects needed to expand sustainable, quality child care.

We will use your insight to respond to interim charges and develop policy recommendations for future legislative sessions. Your expertise is vital to help shape the future of children in Texas.  

We look forward to seeing you there and hearing your valuable input the help shape Texas child care for the better! 

- The Early Childhood Education Team 

Register for your city's discussion (all in CT):

Dallas: Monday, April 11, 11 AM 

Fort Worth: Tuesday, April 12, 11 AM  

Lubbock: Tuesday, April 12, 2 PM 

Austin: Wednesday, April 13, 2 PM 

Midland: Wednesday, April 13, 12 PM  

San Antonio: Thursday, April 14, 2 PM 

Houston: Wednesday, April 27, 11 AM 

Amarillo: Wednesday, April 27, 2 PM 

El Paso: Thursday, April 28, 11 AM 

RGV: Thursday, April 28, 2 PM 

Upcoming ECE Events

  • Spring 2022 Virtual Texas Tour- See above for dates!
  • Annual ECE Summit: Supporting Today’s Workforce for Tomorrow- May 19, 2022

A quality and sustainable early childhood education system is essential to our state’s economy. Join child care providers, advocates, parents, and business leaders to discuss the challenges facing the early childhood workforce and the consequences for the Texas workforce as a whole. 

Register here.

View the full calendar CHILDREN AT RISK Events here




ACF Webinar: Public Service Loan Forgiveness for the ECE Workforce


Join one of our Work Groups!

This is a joint ED-HHS/ACF webinar hosted by the Office of Early Childhood Development that will provide information to early childhood educators about the applicability of ED’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness flexibilities and how to take advantage of this time-limited opportunity.


Register HERE for the event on 3/31 at 2 PM CST.

Ahead of the 2023 legislative session, we have 5 on-going work groups that meet monthly. They cover the following topics

  • Child Care Finance

  • Early Childhood Workforce

  • Quality Improvement 

  • Family Child Care

  • Business Sustainability

If you would like to join one (or more) of the workgroups, fill out the form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GBPF2N6 


Questions or Concerns? Please don't hesitate to reach out to us!

Kim Kofron

Director, Education


Makia Thomas

Assistant Director, Early Education Policy



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