New legislation to increase education level of preschool teachers.
One of the nation's premier early childhood programs is likely to build new partnerships with minority-serving colleges and universities under legislation just approved by Congress.
The House- and Senate-approved bill for Head Start contains new accountability provisions to increase the education level of teachers in the federally funded preschool program. Within six years, at least half of all teachers in the program must have bachelor's degrees, and the bill envisions a role for Black and Hispanic-serving institutions in that process.
"We will reinvigorate Head Start and help more children arrive …