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Grant Targets Preschool


July 19, 2007 Workforce
Amy Sherrill

Prekindergarten teachers can earn professional development hours for free thanks to a state grant received recently by the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

Poll says state’s teachers favor pre-K program


June 1, 2007 OutcomesWorkforce
Marie Leech

An overwhelming majority of Alabama kindergarten teachers say pre-kindergarten programs are extremely important and significantly improve the skills of students, according to results of a statewide survey released Thursday.

Lawmakers Question Degree Requirement For Early Childhood Teachers


May 30, 2007 Workforce
John Lyon

A proposed rule requiring classroom teachers in the Arkansas Better Chance Program to hold bachelor’s degrees will be rewritten because of concerns raised by state lawmakers, a state Education Department official said Wednesday. The rule, approved last month by the state Board of Education, was criticized Wednesday by members of the Administrative Rules and Regulations…

State seeking increased standards for early childhood education


May 18, 2007 State & LocalWorkforce
Erik Green

Georgia’s Bright from the Start is looking for ways to improve teacher education and facilities, the department’s director said here Friday. “We want to evaluate schools and see how they care for their facilities,” said Marsha Moore, director of Bright from the Start, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, during a luncheon with…

Pa. orders new certification for K-4 teachers starting in 2013


May 18, 2007 Governance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce
Martha Raffaele, Associated Press

Teachers who want to educate Pennsylvania’s youngest children will face new certification requirements before they can enter the classroom. In six years, Pennsylvania plans to require an early-childhood education certificate for teachers of students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade under rules adopted yesterday by the State Board of Education.

Opinion: Implement preschool legislation carefully


April 30, 2007 Quality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Sharon McDonald

I am concerned about the language mandating “10 hours of instruction” per week for 4-year-olds. This implies a pre-planned, teacher-directed methodology such as one might find in a kindergarten classroom.

Crist says he supports degree requirement for pre-k teachers


April 2, 2007 State & LocalWorkforce
Jeffrey S. Solochek

"How do you argue against having certified teachers? I don't want to make that argument," Crist says.

Opinion: Universal Pre-K needs teachers with degrees


March 25, 2007 Quality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Claude Kirk Jr., Reubin Askew, Bob Graham, Wayne Mixson, Bob Martinez, Buddy MacKay, and Rhea Chiles

We want to make sure that in the coming year Gov. Charlie Crist and the Legislature realize the promise of the constitutional amendment voters overwhelming passed in November 2002, and provide all of Florida’s children with pre-kindergarten classes taught by qualified teachers with bachelor’s degrees. According to the latest annual report from the National Institute…

Need grows for qualified Pre-K teachers in New Mexico


January 9, 2007 Quality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Associated Press

The need for teachers with early childhood education degrees is increasing as the state’s pre-kindergarten program continues to grow. Experts say private child care centers in New Mexico could be especially hard hit by the shortage since many qualified teachers gravitate toward public preschool programs that pay more and offer benefits, the Albuquerque Journal reported…

Study says better pre-kindergarten needed


December 13, 2006 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Lindsay Kastner

U.Va. researcher says programs can greatly help at-risk students