TECPDS Newsletter
We created a new how-to guide that we think will be very helpful this summer as you embark on new trainings, webinars, and conferences.

If you are attending a training event or conference session where the trainer utilizes the TECPDS Certificate Generation Tool, there is a good chance that they will provide you with a QR Code at the end of the training. However, what do you do with it, and how do you make it work to register your attendance?

To help you understand this process better, this how-to guide will provide an overview of how to prepare for the event and how to use the TECPDS QR Code to register your attendance.
  1. Prepare for the event
  2. Attend a training
  3. The trainer shows a QR code
  4. Scan QR code to register your attendance

Webinars & Virtual Trainings
 
Access the Dyslexia Referral Checklists (DRC) manuals to use with any progress monitoring tool or universal screening for teachers to document student data to determine if a student might be at risk. The DRC has English and Spanish versions designed for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.
 
The Family Engagement Resources on CLI Engage make the most of the procedures you have in place and strengthen bonds with families. Included are numerous free resources to share with families that encourage play-based learning and responsive interactions at home. 
 
The Texas ITSN, in partnership with CLI Engage, has many resources you can add to your toolbox to help infants and toddlers reach their potential and help you reach your professional development goals! Join the FREE, live, interactive webinar to learn about the many research-based resources and tools available.

This one-hour event includes:

You will need a free TECPDS account to receive your training certificate for this event. If you do not already have an account, visit TECPDS to create one before registering for the event.

Specialist Training: Wednesday, June 23, from 12-1 p.m.

Teacher Training: Saturday, June 26, 10 -11 a.m.

The for the CIRCLE Infant & Toddler Foundations Training deadline has been extended!
 
Created for infant and toddler teachers, this virtual training focuses on four learning domains, responsive caregiving and the ability to use materials in the classroom to enhance children’s growth and development. This brand new training valued at $1000 per participant is being provided for FREE. It includes 12.5 hours of professional development over three mornings, along with a classroom kit (one per classroom) filled with books, toys, manipulatives, and additional resources (valued at $750).

Although priority registration will be given to active participants in the ITSN Teacher Program, all infant and toddler teachers throughout the state have an opportunity to apply for a spot. If you are a director or program manager, make sure to share this opportunity with your communities.
 
Training sessions will take place in the morning between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on the following dates: 
  • Cohort A  (Mondays: July 19, July 26, Aug. 9) 
  • Cohort B (Tuesdays: July 20, July 27, Aug. 10) 
  • Cohort C (Wednesdays: July 21, July 28, Aug. 11) 
  • Cohort D (Thursdays: July 22, July 29, Aug. 12) 
 
Registration is now open for teachers to apply for a spot in one of our four training cohorts. Spaces are limited, so don’t wait and miss out on this rare opportunity for exclusive training and free materials! Click here to sign up!

The Farm Fresh Challenge began this April to celebrate local foods.

Participants who meet the "Eat Local. Teach Local. and Be Social." parameters can access new resources and earn recognition for incorporating local foods into meals for kids. 
 
Visit Square Meals to learn more about how to participate in the Spring Farm Fresh Challenge. 

Participating families do not have to apply to register or provide identification. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds the Summer Meals Program – including the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers the Summer Meals Program in Texas.

To learn more about how you or your organization can get involved, visit the Getting Started with SFSP page.
For more career and professional development opportunities, visit WorkInTexas. And, for other online professional resources visit, TECPDS.org.
Online Resources

Partners Resource Network, PRN, is a statewide agency that operates the Texas network of Parent Training and Information Centers. 
 
As part of a specially funded project, it is actively seeking to increase its outreach to underserved families of infants, children, and youth with disabilities.  
 
PRN, is reaching out to other organizations that work with families to build a collaborative partnership.
 
Click here for a sample of its free resources and materials for families and youth with disabilities. (The Spanish resources version can be found here.) These resources and others are also available online through the PRN website, PRNTexas.org.

The T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® Texas Scholarship Program is a research-based comprehensive strategy to educate and retain early childhood practitioners, positively impacting outcomes for the children in their care.

T.E.A.C.H. is a proven effective strategy through its four key elements: Scholarships, Education, Compensation, and Commitment.

The program is currently offering scholarships, available for degrees in:
early childhood studies, child development, child development, and family studies, among others.
 
The funding is available for non-certification degrees.

Eligibility criteria: 
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Employed at child care program or family home that has a child care subsidy contract
  • Work 30 hours or more per week
  • Earn less than $20 per hour
 

The Harris County Public Health program has an Obesity Reduction Team educating students about nutrition and healthy lifestyles for several years. Due to COVID-19, the program has evolved to continue to serve the needs of Harris County schools under any restrictions a school has in place.

The programs this team facilitates are CATCH and a program called Cooking Matters. Please reach out to Mayra Aquino at Mayra.Aquino@phs.hctx.net to schedule sessions for the next school year!
 
We're in Spanish! TECPDS (the Workforce Registry) is NOW all in Spanish. We did this with you in mind, and we hope you enjoy this new feature just as much as we enjoyed providing it to you. Check out our Spanish webpage, and let us know what you think.