Released by Texas Education Agency:
AUSTIN, TX – More than 1,700 prekindergarten classrooms will receive the 2010-2011 Texas School Ready!certification based on the strong work they have done preparing their students for kindergarten.
The designation was earned by following the performance of students who were in pre-kindergarten in the 2008-2009 school year. The classrooms that earned this state certification were proven to prepare the students with the fundamental early reading and social development skills needed to be successful in kindergarten.
"Strong prekindergarten programs help get at-risk children off to a good start and improve their chances for success throughout their school career. This certification can be used by parents to quickly identify programs that are effectively preparing children for kindergarten," said Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott.
Texas School Ready! is funded by a contract from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and operated by the Children's Learning Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Teachers serving in classrooms in both public prekindergarten and private and non-profit pre-schools and child care centers participate in the Texas School Ready! program. Information from the teachers and data from TEA are examined to assess students' skills after they advance to kindergarten.
This year, 71 percent of eligible school district classrooms, 54 percent of eligible Head Start classrooms and 54 percent of eligible licensed childcare providers were certified. Eligible providers are those that participate in TEA-funded early childhood grant programs.
A list of certified classrooms and information about the program is available at www.texasschoolready.com at the link called 2010 TSR! Classroom Certification List (Pre-K 08-09) called or call 1-800-315-7204.
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