84th Legislative Session Recap
As they all do, the 84th Legislative Session has come to an end. It
was an exciting Session for Early Childhood and while we did not pass
every bill we would have liked to, we did make substantial progress in
educating our Legislators about the importance of a strong foundation of
Early Childhood while making tangible gains that will benefit the
education of children in the State of Texas for years to come. Something
we could not have done it without you.
We want to thank all of you who came to the Capitol on Early
Childhood Day at the beginning of session, to those who took time out of
your busy lives to testify in either the House or Senate hearings
sometimes until the wee hours of the morning, and to all of you who
called or sent an email to a Legislative office expressing your support
or concern. Together we did and can continue to make a difference for
Texas’ youngest citizens.
There were several bills we contributed to and worked to craft this
Session. Below is a brief review of three of the more important
otherwise known as the Pre-K bill was signed into law by Governor
Abbott on May 28, 2015. Follow the link to see a final version.
- HB 2903–Relating
to Pre-Service training requirements for new child-care workers. While
this bill did not make it to the Senate floor, it was passed out of
Human Services Committees in both the Senate and the House and was
passed on by the House of Representatives.
- HB 3322–Related
to child care ratios for child care centers. This bill was heard in
both the Senate and House Health and Human Services Committees and
although had bi-partisan support, was not voted out.
The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (Texas AEYC)
seeks to improve early childhood education in Texas by supporting
members to be effective early childhood advocates and by collaborating
with other agencies to promote public policies that address the needs of
young children and their families.
What you can do: Please send a thank you note
to your legislators for the work on early childhood issues this past
session. Better yet, send a children’s book with a picture of your
children or a child care center’s children attached to the front page.
Thank them for making the early years a strong foundation for a lifetime
of learning. Texas will be strong when all our children grow strong
from their very first breath and all the years to come. Make sure to sign up for Texas AEYC updates
if you have not already. Texas AEYC sends out action alerts to keep you
up to speed with important advocacy issues facing early educators and
administrators in the state of Texas.