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University of Mississippi receives grant to fund pre-K training


February 17, 2017
Daily Journal

The University of Mississippi will provide educators across the state with specialized early childhood education training thanks to a new three-year, $3 million grant.

The funds, provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will be awarded in $1 million increments over the next three years to the North Mississippi Education Consortium (NMEC), which is housed on the university’s campus and will host a variety of training opportunities with faculty support from the UM Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning.

Cathy Grace, co-director at the Graduate Center, said describes the initiative as a “bundle of strategies,” with the aim of supporting high-quality pre-K classrooms.

“Different training opportunities will allow both teachers and principals to get information that is appropriate to their role,” Grace said. “We also want to inform teachers of what will be expected of them by the state as it changes its requirements and evaluations.”

Starting in 2018, the Mississippi Department of Education will require all the state’s public school teachers to hold a special license endorsement to teach in any public early childhood classroom.