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Document Number: 8827

A Matter of Degrees: Preparing Teachers for the Pre-K Classroom - Research indicates that state pre-k programs with higher teacher qualification requirements improve children's school readiness so states get the most out of their investment in early education. This report reviews research on training for pre-k teachers and concludes that educators with at least a bachelor's degree couples with specialized training in early childhood are best able to foster development of the cognitive, social and emotional skills children need to be ready for kindergarten. (Pre[K]Now/Pew Center on the States, March 2010)...

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