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State Status/Date Level Summary
LASigned into law 06/2014P-12Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant and Early Learning Oversight
S.B. 524
Provides directives to the department of education upon transfer of lead agency authority from the department of children and family services to the department of education for the Child Care and Development Fund. Directs the state board to promulgate rules to...

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CASigned into law 06/2014P-12Conditions for Issuance/Renewal of Child Care Instruction and Supervision
S.B. 858 - Conditions for Issuance/Renewal of Child Care Instruction and Supervision
From bill summary: By July 2016, requires the commission on teacher credentialing to review, and update if appropriate, the conditions for issuance or renewal of permits authorizing (1) service in the care, development, and instruction of children in child car...

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CASigned into law 06/2014P-12Retaining Funds for Professional Development for Preschool Program Staff
S.B. 858 - Retaining Funds for Professional Development for Preschool Program Staff
From bill summary: Authorizes a California state preschool program contracting agency to retain in the reserve fund an additional 10% of the sum of the maximum reimbursable amount of all preschool contracts to which the contracting agency is a party for purpos...

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CASigned into law 06/2014P-12Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum and Teacher Qualifications
S.B. 858 - Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum and Teacher Qualifications
From bill summary: States legislative intent that the curriculum for transitional kindergarten (the first year of a 2-year kindergarten program that uses a modified curriculum) be aligned to the California Preschool Learning Foundations developed by the depar...

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INSigned into law 03/2014P-12Prekindergarten Teaching License
H.B. 1388
Allows transition to teaching program participants to obtain a license to teach in prekindergarten if the participant meets certain requirements.
http://iga.in.gov/static-documents/2/a/f/5/2af5c12c/HB1388.06.ENRH.pdf...

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ILAdopted Rules 10/2013P-12Standards for Endorsements in Early Childhood Education and in Elementary Education
23 IL ADC 26.100, 300
Defines the overall knowledge and skills that teachers must have in their professional roles to ensure that Illinois students meet or exceed the expectations defined by the Illinois Learning Standards. ...

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MSSigned into law 04/2013P-12Prekindergarten Programs
S.B. 2395
Directs the State DOE to establish a voluntary prekindergarten program to be implemented no later than 2014-15. Requires funding to be phased in. Transfers the duties and responsibilities relative to this "early learning collaborative act" from the Department ...

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CAVetoed 09/2012P-12Teacher Credentialing and Transitional Kindergarten
A.B. 1853
From bill summary: Authorizes the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to convene a workgroup of specified members to develop program standards for the issuance of a recognition of study in transitional kindergarten (defined as the 1st year of a two-year kinder...

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OHSigned into law 06/2012P-12Child Care Quality
S.B. 316 - Child Care Quality
Requires that the "career pathways" alternative pathway for meeting child-care staff member or administrator requirements include both a framework to document formal education, and allow the child-care staff member or administrator to achieve a designation as ...

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NHAdopted 06/2012P-12Teacher Certification and Preparation Programs
NH ADC Ed 507.18, 34, 36, 38; NH ADC Ed 612.03, 15, 20, 30
State the requirements for teacher certification and teacher preparation programs in the area of Early Childhood Education, Classical Language, Music and Theatre. They are being readopted because they are due to expire. The early childhood rules were amended f...

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CTSigned into law 06/2012P-12Early Childhood Educators Certification
S.B. 39
Clarifies the staff qualification requirements for early childhood education programs serving infants, toddlers or preschool age children and accepting state funds for such programs' child day care or school readiness programs. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/ACT/P...

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ILAdopted 05/2012P-12Early Childhood Block Grant
23 IL ADC 235.20, 30, 40, 45, 50, 60, 70; 23 IL ADC 235.APP. A, B, C
From Illinois Register: This rulemaking resulted from the state board's application for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to design and implement early learning and development systems that are comprehensive in scope and c...

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NYSigned into law 03/2012P-12Early Learning Teacher Certification
A.B. 9057 - Early Learning Teacher Certification
Part I, Section 10-c: Amends provision on regulations that the board of regents and commissioner must adopt regarding universal prekindergarten programs. Previous prevision called for adoption of guidelines to allow staff employed by an eligible agency collabo...

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WASigned into law 03/2012P-12Adopting Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals
S.B. 5715
Requires the department of early learning to: (1) Adopt core competencies for early care and education professionals and child and youth development professionals and develop an implementation plan; and
(2) Incorporate the core competencies into all appropriat...

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NHNotices of Adopted Rules 10/2011P-12General Special Education and Early Childhood Special Education
NH ADC Ed 507.39, 391; NH ADC Ed 612.07, 071
Update the requirements for certification and teacher preparation program for general special education and early childhood special education. The early childhood special education category has been separated from the general special category in Ed 507.39 and ...

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OKSigned into law 05/2011P-12Professional Development, Mathematics K-3
H.B. 1918
Requires the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation to develop and administer mathematics professional development programs for any teacher who became licensed or certified to teach in elementary education or early childhood education prior to July 1, 200...

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NVAdopted 04/2011P-12Licensure Requirements for Early Childhood Education
NAC 391.088
Repeals duplicate licensure requirements for early childhood education....

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AZSigned into law 04/2011P-12Reading Instruction
H.B. 2706
   Requires the state board of education to adopt guidelines to include supplementary training in reading instruction as part of a school's improvement plan for K-3 teachers who teach in a school that receives a label of underperforming or D under AZ LEARNS. C...

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OKSigned into law 04/2011P-12P-3 Certification
H.B. 1274
Allows any teacher certified to teach elementary education to be certified in early childhood education if they pass the early childhood education certification test by July 1, 2012. Allows any teacher certified to teach early childhood education to be certifi...

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ILSigned into law 01/2010P-12Professional Development for Department of Human Services Staff; 1st Grade Start Age for Certain Students
H.B. 806
Requires the department of human services to operate a comprehensive professional development system called the Gateways to Opportunity program. Directs the department of human services to award Gateways to Opportunity credentials to early care and education, ...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Teacher Preparation and Licensure
H.B. 1 - Section 3319.22 and 3319.23
Repeals provision in 3319.22 that directed the state board to adopt the standards and requirements for temporary, associate, provisional and professional teacher licenses. Establishes a 4-year "resident educator" license to allow an educator to complete the Oh...

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OHAdopted 06/2009P-12Early Learning Programs
OAC 3301-37-01 through -12
-01: Adds or amends definitions related to early learning programs, including of "alignment," "curriculum," "early learning program guidelines," "group size". http://www.registerofohio.state.oh.us/pdfs/3301/0/37/3301-37-01_PH_FF_A_RU_20090615_1020.pdf
-02: Ide...

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GAAdopted 04/2009P-12Bright from the Start Program
GAC 591-1-1-.16 and .31
Amends rules concerning the Bright From the Start Program, including governing body, licensure and staff....

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MNSigned into law 05/2008P-12Granting Variance For Early Childhood Education
S.B. 2796
Modifies teaching employment for early childhood education programs. Provides a school board must employ necessary licensed teachers for its early childhood family education programs. Provides the Board of Teaching, at its discretion, may grant an applicant a ...

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WYSigned into law 03/2008P-12Educational Development Scholarships
H.B. 102
The bill amends the payback requirements for educational development scholarships given to assist the owners or staff of child caring facilities to attain certificates or degrees in early childhood development or a related field....

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NYAdopted 12/2007P-12Universal Prekindergarten Programs
Title 8 NYCRR Subpart 151-1
Complies with 2007 S.B. 2107, Part B, section 19, which authorizes the board of regents and the commissioner to prescribe uniform quality standards for universal prekindergarten programs....

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MDAdopted 11/2007P-12Child Care Center Licensing and Staff Requirements
COMAR 13A.14.02.02, .18, .21-.23, .25-.27
Increases the required preservice and continued training requirements for child care center staff and change the nomenclature of child care center staff to make it consistent with the terminology used by most other states. MARYLAND 11170
http://www.dsd.state.m...

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MDAdopted 08/2007P-12Child Care Credential Program - Incentives
COMAR 13A.14.09.02-.07, .08, .09
Provides an incentive for licensed child care program administrators to increase their program management knowledge and skills by establishing an Administrator's Credential. Assists eligible child care professionals with the cost of early care and education co...

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HIVetoed 07/2007P-12Prekindergarten and Kindergarten
S.B. 613
Directs the department to encourage inclusionary prekindergarten and kindergarten classes of both special education eligible and general education students, including consideration of the following options:
(1) Special education eligible preschool children ma...

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WVAdopted 07/2007P-12Quality Early Education System
Policy 2525
The most recent updates to Policy 2525: West Virginia's Universal Access to a Quality Early Education System support quality in the classroom and consistency among the programs across the state. They also strengthen personnel standards and continue to support ...

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IASigned into law 05/2007P-12Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program
H.F. 877
Creates a statewide voluntary preschool program for four-year-old children. Provides that preschool teachers in the program must be certified and possess a bachelor's or graduate degree in early childhood education or another appropriate major from an accredit...

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ILAdopted 03/2007P-12Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Assistance Grant
23 IAC 70.10, .20, .30, .40, .50, .60, .70, .80.
Goal of the grant program is to address the shortages experienced by all state-funded preschool education programs of teachers holding Type 04 certificates by assisting individuals to enroll as candidates in and complete a teacher preparation program leading t...

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CAVetoed 09/2006P-12Early Childhood Teacher Certification
A.B. 2802
Requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to establish an optional early childhood education credential for kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 that is to be built into the multiple subject teaching credential. Provides that it is equivalent to the multiple...

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KSAdopted 08/2006P-12Teacher Licensure Regulations
K.A.R. 91-1-201, -202, and -205
Changes licensure regulations for teachers of early childhood education. ...

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ILSigned into law 07/2006P-12Early Childhood Teacher Certification
S.B. 2202
Amends the Teacher Certification Article of the School Code. Relates to an early childhood certificate. Provides that the student teaching portion of the practical experience may be satisfied through placement in any of grades pre-kindergarten through 3, provi...

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CTSigned into law 06/2006P-12Early Childhood Workforce Expansion
S.B. 455
Concerns the early childhood education workforce; expands the number of early childhood education teachers through development of an accelerated, alternate route program to initial teacher certification with an endorsement in early childhood education; provide...

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LAAdopted 04/2006P-12Early Childhood PK-3 Certification
LAC 28:I.903
Adds the Early Childhood PK-3 certification through the Practitioner Teacher Program alternate program structure. http://www.doa.state.la.us/osr/reg/0604/0604RUL.pdf (starting page 7 of 106)...

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KYAdopted 03/2006P-12Early Childhood Development Scholarship Program
11 KAR 16:001 and 16:010
Establishes definitions and rules regarding the applicant selection process for the Early Childhood Development Scholarship Program.
11 KAR 16:001: http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/011/016/001.htm
11 KAR 16:010: http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/011/016/010.htm...

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HISigned into law 06/2005P-12Early Learning Educational Task Force
S.B. 3101
Establishes and appropriates funds for an early learning educational task force to be attached to the department of education. Directs the task force to develop a 5-year plan for birth-5 education in the state. Requires the plan to include:

(1) An implement...

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DERule Adoption 04/2005P-12Standard Certificate Early Care And Education Teacher
14 DAC 1555
Amends regulations relating to standard certificate early care and education (ages 0-K) teacher. Changes concern the requirements for certification of educational personnel and are necessary to align it with changes in the grade configuration of the standard c...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Preschool for All Program
A.B. 712
Requires the California Children and Families Commission to complete and submit a cost study that provides an estimate of the cost of a voluntary Preschool for All program in the state. Convenes a Workforce Development Blue Ribbon Committee to develop a workfo...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Early Childhood Program Governance
A.B. 2525 (multiple provisions)
Deletes provision requiring the State Department of Education to take certain actions in administering child care and child development programs, including, but not limited to, establishing a review group composed of certain representatives and to submit all p...

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ILSigned into law 07/2004P-12Great START Program for Child Care
S.B. 2171
Amends the Department of Human Services Act; deletes a provision that includes beginning and ending dates for the operation of a Great START(Strategy to Attract and Retain Teachers) program; deletes provisions requiring a working committee of the Child and Dev...

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ARRule Adoption 06/2004P-12Better Chance Program
ADE 174
Establishes general guidelines for the operation of early childhood programs funded under the Arkansas Better Chance Program
and the Arkansas Better Chance for School Success Program. http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20174%20abc.pdf...

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CTSigned into law 04/2004P-12School Readiness Staff Qualifications
H.B. 5428
Concerning school readiness staff qualifications; eases staff shortages without diminishing the quality of individuals employed for school readiness programs by amending staff qualifications; includes Head Start and special education. http://www.cga.state.ct.u...

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CTSigned into law 06/2003P-12No Child Left Behind Act
S.B. 1155
Requires testing in compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act; states an elementary teaching endorsement is valid for kindergarten to grade 6 and a comprehensive special education teaching endorsement is valid for kindergarten to grade 12; requires the stat...

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FLSigned into law 06/2003P-12Child Care
S.B. 2446
Revises inservice training requirements for child care personnel; requires training in early literacy and language development; requires annual training and annual health and safety home inspection self- evaluation by family day care home operators; requires a...

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ORRule Adoption 06/2003P-12Renewal of Authorization for Specialists
OAR 581-015-1105, -1106
Amends rules to streamline the process of renewal of authorization for early childhood specialists and early childhood supervisors within the Early Intervention/ Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSA) Programs. OREGON REG 24245 (SN)...

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MSSigned into law 04/2003P-12Statewide Prekindergarten/School Readiness Program Assessment
S.B. 2636
Establishes oversight committee to assess all prekindergarten or school readiness programs run by any public or private school or Head Start program in the state, as well as any school readiness program operated by any licensed childcare center in the state. S...

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KYAdopted 03/2003P-12Probationary Certificate/Teachers of Children
16 KAR 2:140
Allows that if no certified early childhood education teacher is available, the superintendent may ask that a one-year probationary interdisciplinary early childhood education certificate be granted. Establishes prerequisites for this probationary certificate...

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KYAdopted 03/2003P-12Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Teacher Certificate
16 KAR 2:040
Establishes rules regarding the professional certificate for interdisciplinary early childhood education, birth to primary, the teacher standards, and the standards for approval of a program leading to this certificate. http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/016/002/0...

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NMAdopted 11/2002P-12Competencies for Early Childhood Education
6.61.8.10
Sets forth the competencies required for early childhood educators. ...

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FLSigned into law 06/2002P-12
Community College
Child Care Quality
S.B. 1550
Increases from 40 to 45 clock hours the introductory training course requirement for operators of large family child care homes and for child care personnel and operators of family day care homes; provides for community college credit in early childhood educat...

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GASigned into law 05/2002P-12Retirement Benefits
H.B. 765
Relates to service creditable toward retirement benefits under the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia; provides that any member of the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia may obtain creditable service for years employed in certain early childhood developm...

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IASigned into law 05/2002P-12Teacher Induction, Evaluation, Early Retirement Incentives, Administrator Preparation and Certification, Minimum Teacher Salary Requirements, Statewide Career Path Pilot Program
H.B. 2549
Requires state board to establish standards for district and area education agency career development programs and for individual teacher career development plans. Requires state director to develop a transition plan for implementation of the career developmen...

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CTSigned into law 07/2001P-12Equitable wages for early childhood education professionals
H.B. 6931
Concerns education and equitable wages for early childhood education professionals; increases the number of highly qualified early childhood education professionals....

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COSigned into law 06/2001P-12
Postsec.
Early Childhood Professional Loan Repayment Program
H.B. 1293
Requires the State Commission on Higher Education to establish and maintain an Early Childhood Professional Loan Repayment Program; makes such individuals eligible for two years of loan repayment; provides the program to be funded through the Federal Child Car...

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OKSigned into law 06/2001P-12Expands Resident Teacher Program
S.B. 499
Expands the resident teacher program to include early childhood teachers. (One-year residency program is required as part of the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act.)...

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FLSigned into law 05/2001P-12Cuts Early Childhood Programs
S.B. 1162 - Omnibus
The following programs have been repealed by S.B. 1162:
1) Gold Seal Quality care program, a three tiered quality rating system
2) Early screening and intervention program for children in subsidized child care programs
3) Child Development Associate Trai...

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TXSigned into law 05/2001P-12T.E.A.C.H.
S.B. 1294
Establishes Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H) pilot projects to assist teachers in retaining employment in the field of child care. Authorizes the commission, in establishing and administering the program, to consult with any other early ch...

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NESigned into law 04/2001P-12Early Childhood Education Grants
L.B. 759
LB 759 changes current law pertaining to early childhood education pilot program grants. The bill provides for an Early Childhood Education Grant Program in lieu of the pilot projects that are currently funded. Programs selected for grants may be provided one...

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WYSigned into law 02/2001P-12Regional Preschool Teacher Development
H.B. 113
Relates to regional development preschool system teachers; includes employment as a teacher in the regional development preschool system as school district service credit; modifying the teacher seniority adjustment computation under the foundation program form...

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ILSigned into law 06/2000P-12Retaining Teachers for Child Care
H.B. 4021
Public Act No. 91-831; Provides that beginning October 1, 2000, the Department of Human Services shall operate a Great Start (Strategy to Attract and Retain Teachers) program to improve children's educational outcomes in child care by encouraging increased pro...

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ILSigned into law 06/2000P-12Preschool special education programs
H.B. 2940
Public Act No. 91-765; Amends the School Code; exempts all persons holding a special certificate with a special education endorsement from provisions of the School Code concerning preschool educational programs, provided these persons meet all the other requir...

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FLSigned into law 06/2000P-12Teacher Education and Compensation Helps Scholarship
S.B. 212
Establishes the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps scholarship program to help low-wage early childhood staff obtain further training;relates to health care assistance for children (Medikids); provides for dental benefits under the Florida Kidcare progra...

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MSSigned into law 05/2000P-12Early Childhood Teacher Licensure
H.B. 419
Authorizes the State Board of Education to issue a standard license to teach in public prekindergarten through kindergarten classrooms to persons holding a Bachelor of Science degree with child development emphasis from a program accredited by the American Ass...

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