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Texas School Ready Comprehensive Request for Applications

The Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is seeking Texas community organizations, child cares, schools, and others to help at-risk children be more prepared for kindergarten through Texas School Ready (TSR) Project. Since 2003, more than 500,000 children have been positively impacted by TSR Comprehensive - join us and help children in your community!

Every two years, CLI solicits applications from local and regional community organizations that are interested in serving as TSR Comprehensive Lead Agents. In this role, the organizations serve as the hub for TSR Comprehensive in their community, providing direct service delivery to partnered programs using the TSR model. Multiple research studies have confirmed that Texas School Ready positively impacts teacher instructional practices in the classroom, regardless of setting (public school pre-k, Head Start, and private child care classrooms). Teachers participating in TSR are more responsive to the individual needs of the children in their classrooms. They show increases in their use of language-building strategies, including the quality of book reading, general conversations with children, and the use of oral language instruction to build these skills. Even greater gains have been found in emergent literacy instructional practices. Teachers also show better responsive teaching practices, organization of their centers, and the use of lesson plans. 

TSR Comprehensive 2021-23 Request for Applications

Lead Agents partner with early childhood programs in their local communities to provide the following services to infant, toddler, and pre-K/preschool teachers, and home-based providers. When delivered together, these services and materials have been proven to have a positive impact on the instructional practices of early childhood teachers and the school readiness of the children in their classrooms: 

TSR is currently soliciting applications from prospective Lead Agents for the 2021-23 grant cycle. Click below to download the Request for Applications document to learn about TSR Comprehensive and the application process.

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Applications for TSR Comprehensive are due Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 5:00 PM CDT. All applications must be submitted through the TSR Comprehensive application survey.

All questions must be submitted by Friday, May 21, 2021 to

Applications will be reviewed and pre-award letters will be sent to Lead Agents by Friday, June 25, 2021.

Pre-Application Webinar

The Children’s Learning Institute hosted a Pre-Application webinar on Monday, May 10, 2021. All current and prospective lead agents are strongly encouraged to review the information presented during the webinar.

Learn More about TSR Comprehensive's Pre-K Service Delivery

TSR Coaching Model

Integrating Professional Development Content and Formative Assessment with the Coaching Process: The Texas School Ready Model

Recruitment Documents for Partner Programs

Prospective Lead Agents can use the following information to recruit early childhood programs for TSR Comprehensive. All applications must be accompanied by at least 20 letters of intent from potential partner programs.

Direct link to the Letter of Intent survey: 

Recruitment Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the RFA? Review the information below or send your questions to Our team will update this section with additional information, as needed. 

Review the Final FAQ, Updated: May 25, 2021


Posted: May 5, 2021

Please direct all questions to:

NOTE: The RFA is for organizations interested in delivering TSR Comprehensive to a community of early childhood programs. If you are with an early childhood program and would like to receive TSR Comprehensive for your teachers, please complete the short application form to join our waiting list.