APPENDIX: GLOSSARY OF ACRONYMS AND TERMS
ACC - Austin Community
CAN - Community Action Network
CAWDB - Capital
Area Workforce Development Board
CCMS - Central Texas Child Care Management Services
HIPPY - Home Instruction
Program for Preschool Youngsters
ISD - Independent School District1
NAEYC - National
Association for Education of Young Children
TANF - Temporary Aid for Needy Families
TDPRS - Texas
Department of Protective and Regulatory Services
- Accredited Centers Child care centers that meet quality standards
of the National Association for Education of Young Children.
- Attachment Theory Theory relating to early development that suggests
that interactions between children and their caregivers provide a framework
for interpersonal relationships in the future.
- BABAR The Before and After Books And Reading survey developed by
the Boston Medical Center to determine the level of reading activities between
parents and children.
- Best Practice Programs, services, or processes that research or
expert opinion has shown to be effective through measurable, demonstrated
- Case Management The provision of a client-centered approach in
the delivery of services, designed-- (A) to prepare and coordinate comprehensive
employment plans, such as service strategies, for participants to ensure
access to necessary workforce investment activities and supportive services,
using, where feasible, computer-based technologies; and (B) to provide job
and career counseling during program participation and after job placement.
- Community-Based A private nonprofit organization that is Organization
representative of a community or a significant segment of a community and
that has demonstrated expertise and effectiveness in the field of workforce
- Designated Vendors Child care centers that meet the quality standards
of Centex Child Care Management Services. This designation indicates centers
that exceed minimum standards for caregiver staff qualifications, staff
orientation and in-service training, group size, activities, caregiver-child
interaction, physical environment, health and safety, nutrition, and parental
involvement. Programs must apply for three possible levels of vendor status.
- Economically Disadvantaged Students are considered economically
disadvantaged when they qualify for reduced price or free meals. According
to the USDA, the eligibility for reduced price meals is 185% of poverty
and for free meals, 130% of poverty.
- Eligibility The meeting of specific qualifications to receive certain
benefits; the criteria used by public assistance programs to determine which
people may receive help.
- Neuroscience The study of the brain and its functions.
- Outcomes Specific, measurable desired changes in conditions resulting
- Poverty 1999 Federal Poverty Guidelines, developed by the United
States Health and Human Services Department, define the poverty level for
a family of four at $16,700 per year.
- Prenatal Care Pregnancy-related health care services provided to
a woman between conception and delivery. The American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists recommends at least 13 prenatal visits in a normal 9 month
pregnancy; one each month for the first 28 weeks of pregnancy, one every
2 weeks until 36 weeks, and then weekly until delivery.
- Registered Family Homes Child care providers that are registered
with the State of Texas and are limited to provision of care for 6 or fewer
preschool children in addition to 6 school aged children after school.
- State-Licensed Centers Child care centers that meet the minimum
standards of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.
- TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is a financial assistance
program administered by the Texas Department of Human Services. TANF recipients
receive financial assistance and supportive services to assist in obtaining
- Teacher T.R.A.C. Teacher Training, Retention, and Compensation
is a recruiting program to provide incentives to workers in the child care
- Teen Parent Any parent who is 19 years or younger at the birth
of his/her child.
- Texas Workforce Services Texas through 28 employment programs and
Commission services. Provides assistance with unemployment insurance, employment
listings, job placement, skill and aptitude testing, employment counseling,
support services, and referrals to education and training programs.
- Welfare to Work Welfare reform program design that stresses employment
for able-bodied adults.