If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: teacher quality really, really matters in pre-K.  We’ve been beating this horse to death ever since our first-ever Capitol briefing last summer on pre-K.

This new report by Pre-K Now summarizes the existing research on the link between teacher qualifications and student outcomes for pre-K children.  As the authors state unequivocally, “The weight of the evidence suggests that children benefit when states require both a bachelor’s degree and well-designed, specialized early childhood training for all teachers in state pre-k classrooms.”  We hope that the Legislature and all parties interested in privately funding pre-K initiatives will take this lesson to heart.

Rachel

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