Beginning Education: Early Childcare at Home

The Beginning Education: Early Childcare At Home program is a web-based professional development system specifically designed for home childcare providers and is available in English and Spanish. The program is free to all users on CLI Engage and focuses on supporting the socio-emotional, cognitive, language, literacy, and mathematics development of young children.

CIRCLE Activity Collection

The online CIRCLE Activity Collection offers a variety of hands-on activities that teachers and parents can use with their children. Teachers can implement during large group, small group, centers, and one-on-one instruction. Language, literacy, social emotional skills, mathematics, and science are the core concepts covered.

CIRCLE Classroom Observation Tools

The Children's Learning Institute offers several comprehensive classroom observation tools to assist coaches, mentors, and organizational leaders with monitoring and tracking teacher behavior in the classroom over time, and providing tools to guide improvement. These tools were developed for use in the Texas School Ready Project, guiding the positive growth of teacher behaviors for more than 10 years.

CIRCLE Pre-K Curriculum

Incorporating time-tested lessons from the CIRCLE Activity Collection, the CIRCLE Pre-K Curriculum now provides all the resources you’ll need to support weekly planning and delivery of preschool instruction.

CIRCLE Progress Monitoring

The Texas School Ready child progress monitoring tool, the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System, enables a teacher to quickly measure a child’s progress in a particular skill area. Utilizing this instrument allows teachers to appropriately focus their lessons.

CLI Engage

CLI Engage is a comprehensive e-learning platform housing TSR Online professional development, child progress monitoring tools, and classroom observation tools - available for free to Texas public schools, Head Start programs, and Texas Rising Star Certified Providers.

Developing Talkers/Hablemos Juntos Curricula and Training

Developing Talkers and Hablemos Juntos are curriculum supplements to promote oral language. Listening comprehension and vocabulary skills are targeted through lessons, materials, and instructions on developing and strengthening children’s oral language skills and conceptual knowledge.


eCIRCLE Professional Development provides online courses featuring extensive video-based demonstrations of effective instructional practices, application-based assignments, and activities. The program is designed specifically for teachers, school leaders, and intervention specialists.

Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners and Administrators

Core competencies are defined as an individual’s demonstrated skills and abilities. The Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners and Administrators document lists observable skills that, when accomplished, demonstrate competency in a particular area of knowledge.

Texas Early Childhood Needs Assessment

The Texas Early Learning Council, housed at CLI from 2010-2013, published the Texas Early Childhood Needs Assessment in 2012, the first statewide needs assessment in more than 40 years.

Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS)

The Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System is a statewide program designed to meet the professional development needs of those working in the early childhood field. The TECPDS website offers several tools and resources to help early childhood professionals.

Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines and Training

The purpose of the Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines is to outline expectations about what children should know and be able to do across domains of learning during specific age ranges and to outline steps for caregivers to support healthy development.

Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA)

The Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment System (TX-KEA) covers multiple child development domains and better informs kindergarten teachers about the children in their classes, helping them to design more appropriate learning opportunities. In August 2017, TX-KEA launched on CLI Engage.

Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines and Training

The Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines, published in 2008, were developed to help educators provide all preschool children with the proper foundations for school success. CLI also created a web-based professional development tool to provide educators an introduction to the guidelines. This instrument includes video examples of child behaviors and classroom interactions and provides instructional strategies for teachers to support students.

TPRI Early Reading Assessment

The TPRI is a highly reliable early reading assessment designed to help teachers provide targeted instruction to support the reading development of students in kindergarten through third grade.

Unlocking Understanding

The Unlocking Understanding comprehension training series includes practical approaches teachers can implement in their classrooms immediately. Each training focuses on a specific strategy and is customized specifically for the grade levels you teach. Training sessions are designed to guide teachers through a set of instructional approaches shown by research to be effective in classrooms across grade levels. Scaffolds, model lessons, and time for planning are included in each session.