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The Center for P-16 Initiatives seeks to make college more accessible and successful for students in Central Texas.

The mission of the Center for P-16 Initiatives at Texas State University is to improve college readiness and increase the level of educational attainment for underserved students in Central Texas through academic and applied research, educational partnerships, and community outreach programs.

The Caminitos Collaborative, our multi-disciplinary applied research approach, focuses on factors affecting prekindergarten education with an emphasis on early literacy, nutrition, and fine and gross motor skill development. This innovative, culturally responsive family-school-university research and programming partnership to support high-quality early childhood education annually puts more than 400 local children on the path to higher education.

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What is P-16 education?

“P-16” is the term used to describe a seamless system of education with aligned expectations from preschool, through the K-12 system, to the attainment of a college degree.

The primary goals of P-16 programs are to:

  1. Conduct applied research on prekindergarten learning with an emphasis on early literacy, nutrition, and fine and gross motor skill development
  2. Conduct longitudinally-based educational research on factors affecting academic achievement in the K-12 pipeline and best practices for successful college access programs
  3. Improve college readiness and college success for all students in Central Texas, including those who are economically disadvantaged students, by providing educational programs on financial literacy and FAFSA assistance, academic preparation, and college life