85th Legislative Session Policy Priorities
The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children has placed an emphasis on the following policy priorities for the 85th Legislative Session in Texas:
- Ensure the provisions of HB4 are funded at $236 million.
- Maintain and secure additional funding for high quality statewide research-based professional development programs and strategies to educate and retain early child practitioners.
- Maintain and secure additional funding for effective statewide research-based early childhood assessment tools that help deliver positive outcomes for all children.
- Secure funding for high quality statewide research-based professional development programs and strategies to educate and retain public school educators, paraprofessionals and employees in the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Budget.
- Support for higher-quality standards in child care programs, including the continuation of data collection by the state to assess safe child-to-caregiver ratios and group sizes in licensed child care programs.
- Support for the reversal of the funding cuts to Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) and Medicaid reimbursement rates for children with disabilities.
- Support for the creation of a new PreK-3rd Educator Certification which would help ensure high quality prekindergarten investments are sustained into the elementary school years.