The Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is seeking Texas community organizations, child cares, schools, and others to help at-risk children be more prepared for kindergarten through Texas School Ready (TSR) Project. Since 2003, nearly 500,000 children have been positively impacted by TSR Comprehensive - join us and help children in your community!
Every two years, CLI solicits applications from local and regional community organizations that are interested in serving as TSR Comprehensive Lead Agents. In this role, the organizations serve as the hub for TSR Comprehensive in their community, providing direct service delivery to partnered programs using the TSR model. Multiple research studies have confirmed that Texas School Ready positively impacts teacher instructional practices in the classroom, regardless of setting (public school pre-k, Head Start, and private child care classrooms). Teachers participating in TSR are more responsive to the individual needs of the children in their classrooms. They show increases in their use of language-building strategies, including the quality of book reading, general conversations with children, and the use of oral language instruction to build these skills. Even greater gains have been found in emergent literacy instructional practices. Teachers also show better responsive teaching practices, organization of their centers, and the use of lesson plans.
TSR Comprehensive 2017-19 Request for Applications
Lead Agents partner with early childhood programs in their local communities to provide the following services. When delivered together, these services and materials have been proven to have a positive impact on the instructional practices of early childhood teachers and the school readiness of the children in their classrooms:
TSR is currently soliciting applications from prospective Lead Agents for the 2017-19 grant cycle. Click below to download the Request for Applications. NOTE: A correction to the RFA was issued on May 12, 2017 (relating to coaching hours for the CIRCLE CDA Training Program expansion model).
Applications for TSR Comprehensive are due Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 5:00 PM CST. All applications must be submitted through the TSR Comprehensive application survey.
Direct Link to the application survey: https://uthtmc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4VgnsrreU6YEWVf
All questions must be submitted by Wednesday, May 24, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be reviewed and pre-award letters will be sent to Lead Agents by Friday, June 23, 2017.
The Children’s Learning Institute hosted a Pre-Application webinar on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. All current and prospective lead agents are strongly encouraged to view the recorded webinar. Click here to view the recorded webinar.
View the PowerPoint presentation from the pre-application webinar (corrected May 12, 2017).
Note: the webinar contains an error related to coaching hours for the CIRCLE CDA Training Program expansion model. Please download the updated RFA document (above) and updated slides from the webinar for the corrected information.
Learn More about TSR Comprehensive
TSR Coaching Model
TSR Expansion Delivery Models
Review the following information about the TSR resources that could be implemented in your community through the TSR expansion delivery models.
List of Texas local workforce development boards
Recruitment Documents for Partner Programs
Prospective Lead Agents can use the following information to recruit early childhood programs for TSR Comprehensive. All applications must be accompanied by at least 20 letters of intent from potential partner programs.
Direct link to the Letter of Intent survey: https://uthtmc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6DmLnnl25Pln8gd
TSR Comprehensive Waiting List: Early Childhood Programs that have requested to participate in TSR Comprehensive
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about the RFA? Please send your questions to: email@example.com
Lead agents must be state, regional, or local organizations and/or have 501(c)3 status. Eligible applicants include:
Yes, public school districts and charter schools may submit applications to both TSR Comprehensive and TSR Online+. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated separately.
Those who are interested in becoming a Lead Agency through the TSR Comprehensive RFA must keep in mind that only childcare and Head Start teachers will receive the full service model (coaching, incentives, and materials). ISDs and charter schools that have entered or are willing to enter into integrated partnerships with child care and/or Head Start are encouraged to apply for TSR Lead Agency status and supports. Public School teachers that are part of a TSR Lead Agency Partnership will have access to CLI Engage for progress monitoring and professional development but not coaching, incentives and materials.
Public schools can apply to receive additional components through a separate application process for TSR Online+, specifically for ISDs and charter schools. Learn more at: www.texasschoolready.org/tsr-online-plus
No, but this role receives a stipend of $4,000 under the TSR Comprehensive model.
Program-level. As a community, you must serve at least 75% low income children. Each participating site must serve at least 50% at-risk, which allows for recruitment flexibility across all your participants. Both definitions for low income and at-risk are defined using the public prekindergarten eligibility requirements from the Texas Education Agency.
All partner programs where you have recruited classrooms to participate in the project need to complete the letter of intent online survey. If the lead agency has current classrooms that plan to continue their participation, they too need to fill out the survey.
Yes, the LOI must be submitted through the LOI survey. Please ensure that your interested programs list your organization as the potential lead agent.
Only preschool classrooms (those serving three- and four-year-old children) are eligible for TSR Comprehensive participation. If a Lead Agent is interested in providing TSR services to toddler classrooms, in addition to providing TSR Comprehensive for eligible preschool classrooms, they should consider activities through one of the TSR expansion models.
Please refer to Appendix 2 of the RFA for more information.
CLI covers the cost of the materials and trainers.
No, applicants are encouraged to tailor their numbers as best they can to the needs of their community.
Yes, it is appropriate to provide us a picture of your ideal service delivery levels through this application, although funding may or may not be available, depending on the needs statewide.
No, these classrooms are not an ideal fit for TSR Comprehensive model, although Lead Agents could consider including PPCD classrooms through one of the TSR expansion models.
Only home-based child care providers can receive services (beyond access to the online courses) through the BEECH expansion model. Infant and toddler teachers are able to access the BEECH modules, as well as specific training courses for infant and toddler teachers, on CLI Engage for free. As stated in the RFA, lead agents need to ensure that all teachers at sites participating in TSR Comprehensive have active CLI Engage accounts, so they can access online resources.
There is no minimum or maximum number of participants for the expansion models. If you propose to implement an expansion model, please include a realistic number of participants you could recruit and support. Your implementation plan should include how you would support these participants, and how staff FTE would be allocated.
You can propose this in your expansion model implementation plan, and we will consider it during the application review process. Please indicate your reasoning for providing incentive payments in the application.
You can recruit licensed or registered home-based child care providers for the BEECH expansion model. Listed providers are welcome to access the BEECH courses online for free (they are publicly accessible), but are not eligible to receive additional services and/or materials through the expansion model.
No, you do not need to collect LOIs for potential participants in one of the expansion models. LOIs are only required for sites interested in receiving TSR Comprehensive service delivery from your organization.