Since 2003, the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) has been implementing and studying large-scale interventions in early education. In 2014, in partnership with the Texas Education Agency, CLI created a cost-effective, digital delivery system that could disseminate early childhood program improvement tools, originally developed for Texas, across the state. Learn more about the research behind the Texas School Ready program and its tools hosted on CLI Engage.
When designing CLI Engage, we believed it essential to retain what we know from research is effective in program improvement models.
Our vision–to not only collect data but to interweave its stories with direct connections to practical tools–yields highly targeted support for improving the quality of educational experiences across the widest variety of early learning settings. CLI Engage supports many forms of digital tools and resources, continually updated and enhanced to support more early learning programs, teachers, specialists, and families.
For nearly 15 years, the Children’s Learning Institute has managed the implementation and ongoing enhancement of the Texas School Ready Project (TSR) —a data-driven, comprehensive professional development and child progress monitoring program aimed at increasing school readiness skills in students.
CLI Engage also hosts a variety of progress monitoring, assessment, and observation tools, linked to professional development and lesson resources to guide quality improvement through collaboration with state agencies and researchers.
Funding for CLI Engage, provided through the state-supported Texas School Ready project and private gifts, makes it possible to offer the same high-quality resources to all programs serving all children, including public school districts, Head Start grantees, Texas Rising Star certified childcare providers, and public-private partnership schools—at no cost to individual programs.