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Texas Pre-K Grants Tied to Teacher Training

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Texas school districts will be required to hire teachers with multiple credentials and improve family engagement to qualify for prekindergarten grants from $118 million in newly available state money.

New grant rules will require that all pre-K teachers have an additional credential beyond what is currently required, including having at least eight years of teaching experience in a nationally accredited child-care program or an undergraduate or graduate degree in early-childhood education.

According to the National Institute for Early Education Research, Texas does better than most states in providing prekindergarten education—about half its 4-year-olds are in such programs. But Texas loses ground in the quality of their education.

Vol. 35, Issue 21, Page 4

Published in Print: February 17, 2016, as Texas Pre-K Grants Tied to Teacher Training
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