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Missouri to allow rating systems for preschool


June 27, 2016
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Shelby Rowe
Fulton Sun

Before last week, Missouri was the only state in the nation that prohibited quality rating systems for preschools. However, Gov. Jay Nixon signed a law Wednesday that allows early childhood education centers to opt into a voluntary quality rating system.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is still working out the details, but the rating system could include staff qualifications, safety standards, instructional quality, parental engagement and community involvement, according to a news release.
 
Having a quality rating system will make it easier for parents to assess which preschool they want their child to attend, and it should aid the state in its goal to improve early childhood education.