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Study: As CA preschool options expand, quality of teachers needs improving


September 29, 2015
Workforce
Deepa Fernandes
KPCC

With the state moving to expand preschool options for 3 and 4-year-olds, a new study is questioning whether California has a workforce that is qualified to teach all of its earliest learners.

The report by the New America Foundation focuses on whether California has the policies and rigorous teacher training to meet the “demands of a growing, more diverse population.”

Currently, 53 percent of the state’s infants and toddlers are Latino and almost half are low-income. For an early education teacher, this means a cookie-cutter approach to the first years of school is not likely the best one, according to the report.

The report, authored by Sarah Jackson, said a lot of work needs to be done to raise the quality of teaching and ensure California’s pre-K teachers are adequately trained given the changing demographics among students.