Category: News

Reach Out and Read Texas Receives $25,000 Donation from MacKenzie Scott

Reach Out and Read, a national nonprofit leading the charge in promoting early childhood literacy and healthy early relationships, has announced the investment of $350,000 into communities nationwide, including $25,000 for the program in Texas. This allocation, which comes from a donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, will fund 14 local projects, allowing Reach Out and… Read more »

Children’s Learning Institute earns Innovation Award

The Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth Houston was named the recipient of the Innovations Award, presented by the National Workforce Registry Alliance, for their exceptional work and continued expansion of the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS). The honor recognizes both individuals and organizations making exceptional contributions and innovative achievements in early childhood education… Read more »

Preemie parents: CLI seeks volunteers for research study

The Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth Houston is seeking to learn more about children’s language development, and needs volunteers for a research study on the unique patterns of English/Spanish development in toddlers born prematurely. Eligibility includes the following: Child is or will soon be 2 years old Child was born at least two months early… Read more »

Runners and Readers Unite

To showcase the breadth of UTHealth Houston and the university’s community initiatives, Reach Out and Read Texas, a literacy enrichment program led by the Children’s Learning Institute at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, is listed as a recipient for donations on the Houston Half Marathon & 10K’s website. This opportunity is part of the UTHealth Houston… Read more »

Congratulations to Texas School Ready Comprehensive 2023-2025 Lead Agents!

We are excited to announce all the organizations that will deliver Texas School Ready Comprehensive for the 2023-2025 term. Awards were announced on June 2nd, and we want to give a special shoutout to our four new lead agents, Hidalgo County Head Start (McAllen-area), Neighborhood Schools (Houston-area), Houston Area Urban League, and Region 19 ESC… Read more »

Read 20 Minutes a Day: How To Keep Children Intellectually Active During the Summer

Research reveals that children who do not continue studying during the summer can lose up to two months of what they learned in the school year. Keisey Fumero, a doctor at UTHealth Houston, invites parents to carry out activities so that minors continue to advance in their learning. She recommends reading at least 20 minutes… Read more »

Hispanics are more likely to have children with autism, according to a study

According to the CDC, Hispanics are 1.6 times more likely to have their children diagnosed with autism and, according to experts, parents can detect it based on the way they communicate and eye contact. In addition, they explain that for this there are behavioral, speech and occupational therapies. “There are children who change the world… Read more »

Competency Frameworks for Infant and Toddler Teachers and Caregivers in Texas

To support the quality of care for infants and toddlers, many states have developed competency frameworks to outline specific competencies (that is, knowledge, skills, and attributes) that are essential to the practice of teaching and caring for infants and toddlers. The Infant and Toddler Teacher and Caregiver Competencies (ITTCC) project conducted in-depth case studies of… Read more »

The Importance of Infant and Toddler Development

Brain development is incredibly important in the first three years of a child’s life. Early learning experiences shape who children become, and in this critical phase of development, the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at UTHealth Houston wants to make sure that each child has a healthy, rich, and stimulating environment. By the time a child… Read more »

Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System Collaboration with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

The Children’s Learning Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston is excited to announce that the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS) has collaborated with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension (AgriLife) to transfer training certificates taken on their online training platform into TECPDS users accounts. What is Agrilife Learn? AgriLife Learn has… Read more »