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 Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE) mobilizes the community to work together to ensure that every child in Harris County has access to an after-school program.
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.
Instructional Support Services provides professional development and instructional support to administrators, teachers, support personnel and students. Services include educator coaching support best practices.
Early Childhood Intervention Keep Pace is a statewide program for families of children birth to 3 with developmental delays or disabilities. Head Start, a federal program, empowers preschool children ages 3-5 and their families with school readiness skills. Both programs are hosted regionally by HCDE.
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 areas 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.
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.
Choice Partners cooperative provides planning and facility contracts to meet your needs for remediation, renovation and remodeling. Choice Partners national cooperative offers quality, legal procurement and contract solutions to meet the purchasing needs of school districts and other governmental entities.
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.
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.