What the Texas Rising Star QRIS can tell us about quality child care interactions
Duration: 58 minutes
In Texas, the quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for early childhood programs is called Texas Rising Star (TRS). The most recent comprehensive review of TRS, conducted in 2021, called for a greater emphasis to be placed on caregiver-child interactions. Throughout the state, LENA Grow is helping professional caregivers meet this call to action.
LENA partners with several branches of Workforce Solutions, an organization that provides mentoring and coaching services to help child care centers and family child care providers improve their learning environments and increase their TRS rating. In this webinar, we talk with Morgan Armstrong, Child Care Quality Program Supervisor for Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas.
Attendees will learn about:
- How Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas has used LENA Grow to help child care providers increase quality adult-child interactions.
- The coaching strategies that helped teachers achieve an 89% increase in conversational turns with the children who had been experiencing the least amount of interactive talk.
- Why TRS recently increased the weight given to teacher-child interactions.
- What TRS can tell us about the early childhood landscape across the country.
About Morgan Armstrong
Morgan Armstrong has been in early childhood education for 18 years. She has worked as an assistant teacher, teacher, assistant director, director, supervisor, and mentor throughout her career. She currently serves as the Child Care Quality Program Supervisor for Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas, and supervises Mentors for the Texas Rising Star program, the state’s QRIS. She holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Development. She also holds an MS in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.
About Ada Gonzales
Ada Gonzales started in early childhood education in 2002 as a part-time assistant teacher and floater. She has worked as a lead teacher in various ages, assistant director, and director. Some of the programs she has managed include licensed child care, preforming arts preschool, and after school computer and robotics. Her education includes a CDA, a BS in Early Childhood Administrations, and an MS in Human Services with a concentration in family studies.
About Kelli Halle
Kelli Halle has contributed to the field of early childhood education for over 20 years. She graduated with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies in 2004, and an MS in Early Childhood Studies with an emphasis in Management and Leadership from Walden University in 2020. She has worked as a teacher, assistant director, director, and trainer in several state- licensed child care centers located in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Texas, and is currently employed as a Senior Early Childhood Specialist for Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas.