Formerly known as the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System (TECECDS), the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS) was developed through a joint project of the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office (THSSCO) and the Texas Early Learning Council (TELC). Housed at the Children’s Learning Institute at The UT Health Houston, TECPDS is one of several statewide programs managed by CLI to support the early childhood system, including programs, professionals, and families across the state, as part of its role as the Texas State Center for Early Childhood Development. TECPDS launched in 2013 and continues to expand and enhance professional development opportunities, resources, and tools for early childhood professionals.
The Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office offer ongoing support and guidance for TECPDS. Through partnership with TWC, the Texas Workforce Registry on TECPDS is formally integrated with the Texas Rising Star assessment process for its Category 1 Director and Staff Qualifications and Training measures (learn more about TECPDS for TRS). State and local funding offered opportunities to continue enhancing the tools and resources on the system, including the Find My Career Pathway tool to better guide professional development planning, the Texas Trainer Registry, a statewide job board, and more.
For more information on the initial development of the system as a whole, please take a look at the Texas Early Learning Council’s Pathways to Quality: Charting the Course for a New Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (published 2012).
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TECPDS is supported by several staff members at the Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth and a dedicated advisory council with diverse experience in the Texas early childhood sector that provides guidance and support to TECPDS.
Nicole Allen, Fort Worth, TX – Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
Elizabeth Beavers, Houston, TX – University of Houston at Clear Lake School of Education
Ashley Borthick, Dallas, TX – First3Years
April Crawford, PhD, Houston, TX – Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth
LaDona Elder, Edmond, OK – KinderCare Education
Alferma Giles, PhD, Houston, TX – Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office
Sue Hancock, San Antonio, TX – Hancock P.D. Resources & Counseling
Tracy Anne Jones, EdD, Houston, TX – Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System
Karen Killian, Austin, TX – Texas Workforce Commission
Cody Summerville, Austin, TX – Texas Association for the Education of Young Children
Rachel Robinson, Austin, TX – Texas Education Agency
Sharon Spillman, Houston, TX – Collaborative for Children
Albert Talley, Pasadena, TX – San Jacinto College
Esteban Zamora, Austin, TX – Texas Department of Health & Human Services
Kim Kofron, Austin, TX – Children at Risk