Classes in GED and English as a second language are offered to adults in the Houston/Harris County area through our highly qualified teachers. Locations for classes are situated within the community and include schools, churches and community centers.
The Center for Afterschool, Summer and Expanded Learning (CASE for Kids) is an intermediary for afterschool. CASE for Kids, formerly the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, leverages community resources and strengthens the capacity of the out-of-school time field. Services benefit kids and happen before and after school, on weekends and during the summer.
Best/Promising Practice Resources
Receive guidance for locating and submitting educational programs as best practices that produce positive student outcomes.
Communications and Public Information
Communications and Public Information serves as the communications center for HCDE. We also maintain compliance on behalf of HCDE through the Public Information Act and ensure that requests are handled appropriately in a timely and legal manner.
Early Childhood Intervention
As of December 31, 2014, Harris County Department of Education ceased
operation of the ECI Keep Pace program. The responsibilities of
providing Early Childhood Intervention services have been transferred to
MHMRA of Harris County and Easter Seals of Greater Houston.
Alternative Certification for teachers or principals prepares aspiring degreed professionals to become either teachers or principals. The separate programs include mentoring and field experience.
Educator Professional Development
Professional development for educators is offered for multiple subject areas through Instructional Support Services. Content area specialties and venues include art, behavior management, bilingual education, conferences for educators and customized curriculum training. Areas include online learning, early childhood, gifted and talented, math, science, social studies and special education. Services include educator coaching, support and best practices through workshops at HCDE or in school districts.
The Research and Evaluation Institute at HCDE provides quality, scientific-based evaluation services that meet the needs of HCDE, school districts and other community groups. We can assist with human subjects protection and institutional review board (IRB) needs.
Foundations and Alliances
HCDE is allied with several groups which provide services to the education public, including students, educators and community. These beneficial organizations include the Education Foundation of Harris County, the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) through the Texas Education Agency, the Academic Decathlon and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Learn about grants collaboration or how to apply for and manage a grant with our Center for Grants Development. The center supports our 25 area school districts and charter schools with grant resources.
Buy products ranging from online courses to curriculum resources through
our HCDE store with either a credit card or purchase order.
Head Start, a federal program, empowers preschool children ages 3-5 and their families with school readiness skills. Low-income families and families of children with special needs benefit from services. HCDE administers the program locally in Head Start Area I for families residing in east and northeast Harris County.