Texas Education Code - Section 29.161. School Readiness Certification System
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§ 29.161. SCHOOL READINESS CERTIFICATION SYSTEM. (a) The
State Center for Early Childhood Development, in conjunction with
the P-16 Council established under Section 61.077, shall develop
and adopt a school readiness certification system for use in
certifying the effectiveness of prekindergarten programs, Head
Start and Early Head Start programs, government-subsidized
child-care programs provided by nonprofit or for-profit entities,
government-subsidized faith-based child-care programs, and other
government-subsidized child-care programs in preparing children
for kindergarten. The system shall be made available on a voluntary
basis to program providers seeking to obtain certification as
evidence of the quality of the program provided.
(b) In developing and adopting the system, the center shall
seek the active participation of all interested stakeholders,
including parents and program providers.
(c) The system must:
(1) be reflective of research in the field of early
childhood care and education;
(2) be well-grounded in the cognitive, social, and
emotional development of young children; and
(3) apply a common set of criteria to each program
provider seeking certification, regardless of the type of program
or source of program funding.
Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 275, § 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.
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