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How to Opt-in to a Free Texas Workforce Registry Account


The Texas Workforce Registry will provide users with a centralized, confidential, electronic storage system for professional development and employment records. Based on the information added to the registry, teachers (practitioners) can assess their professional development needs and create a plan for meeting these needs. Administrators can use the Texas Workforce Registry for running reports on the professional development being obtained by their staff, and can submit job openings for posting on the website’s job board.



Information added to the Texas Workforce Registry will be used to generate statewide reports on the employment, education, and training of those working with young children, which will benefit policymakers and researchers wanting to better understand the early childhood workforce. Data collected will inform decisions related to which resources to expand and where to make new investments.



If you would like to know more about the registry, go to the Texas Workforce Registry webpage. For general questions about the TECPDS platform, contact

Family Engagement Resources

CIRCLE Progress Monitoring

Sharing results with families: Teachers using the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System can share student scores with families by printing reports or by providing a personalized identification number (PIN) for families to view results online. CIRCLE Progress Monitoring also includes direct links to home activities that can be emailed to parents to support skills at home. Click to learn more:

Family feedback forms: Families are valuable sources of information on children’s skill development. These checklists are designed to collect information from families that aligns with the learning domains of the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System. Download Family Feedback Forms [insert link]

Developmental Screening

  • Understanding Developmental Screening & Early Intervention Video Series

This video series is designed for parents and caregivers to understand the benefits of early screening and early childhood intervention (ECI) services. ECI services are free for children up to 3 years of age.

  • Developmental Milestones Checklists

Families that track their children’s development are more likely to spot delays that can be effectively addressed with early intervention. These milestones were derived from a national review of literature on developmental progressions. The checklists support children from birth through 48 months (4 years).

Download Milestones Checklists – English

Download Milestones Checklists – Spanish


CIRCLE Activity Collection: Family

The CIRCLE Activity Collection

Learn more about the collection


Family Night Workshops

Infant toddler language development

Featured Activities: Responding to Harvey

Helping Children After a Natural Disaster

After individuals experience a natural disaster, it is common to feel fearful and anxious. Living through a dangerous situation such as a storm, flood, hurricane, earthquake and tornado, may require extended time for children, adults, and communities to heal and recover. Damage to familiar environments such as homes and schools can also lead to a sense of detachment and insecurity. However, schools and teachers will serve an important role by providing support and most importantly, continuing routines that reinforce a sense of normalcy. Together as a community, we recover.
In an effort to provide resources for educators to use with children in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a collection of lesson plans was developed by instructional experts and child psychologists at the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at the McGovern Medical School, a part of UTHealth. These lessons are designed for use by classroom teachers, education specialists, social workers, administrators, and other trusted adults who work with children. Teachers and other trusted adults are paramount in creating a safe and welcoming space for students at the beginning of any school year, but are particularly important this year as students may be experiencing and processing many different emotions related to the hurricane. These lessons are linked to popular children’s books that many teachers may already possess, or they can readily purchase commercially. These lessons are designed for use with children from early childhood through the primary grades (pre-kindergarten to grade 2).

  Caring for Others

Objective: Children will learn about and discuss and act out different ways to show others that you care about them.

  A Chair for My Mother

Objective: Students will learn how families and community members work together to
accomplish a task.

  Feeling Safe

Objective: Children will learn about and discuss what it means to feel safe and what helps them feel safe.

  Having a Terrible Day

Objective: Children will learn that everyone has terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days sometimes, and it is okay to talk about it.

  Learning to Donate Like the Rainbow Fish

Objective: Children will learn about and discuss various emotions related to sharing and giving away items to others.

  Little Quack

Objective: Students will learn that all people feel scared at times and that bravery is what we use to face those fears.

  Sharing Space

Objective: Children will learn about and discuss how to cooperatively share space with others.

  Wemberly Worried

Objective: Students will learn what it means to worry and that our worries can be big or small.

  What Makes You Feel Safe?

Objective: Children will learn about feeling safe and share and discuss things that make them feel safe.

  Lesson and Book Information

How to Access the CIRCLE CDA Training Program

The CIRCLE CDA Training Program provides an opportunity for early childhood teachers to earn all 120 hours needed to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ for Center-Based Programs, Preschool Endorsement. In this training program, teachers will receive all 120 hours of high-quality professional development in the 13 CDA Functional Areas, as well as support to complete the required CDA competency statements and professional portfolio. All resources for the CIRCLE CDA Training Program are housed in the CLI Engage Online Courses.

This how-to guide is organized into five sections:


I.    Enrolling in the CIRCLE CDA Training Program Resources
II.   Enrolling in the CIRCLE CDA Introduction Course
III.  Accessing the eCIRCLE Supplemental Guides
V.   Additional Resources Coming Soon

Questions about the CIRCLE CDA Training Program? Contact us at