May 4, 2010 in City

Washington state preschool program meets standards

Associated Press

Benchmarks met

• Program standards
• Staff-to-child ratio
• Maximum classroom size
• Assistant teacher degree requirements
• Teacher specialized training
• Meals
• Monitoring
• Screening/referral and support services
• Teacher in-service

OLYMPIA — Washington’s state-supported preschool program for low-income 3- and 4-year-olds meets most of the quality standards set by a national early learning group.

Only two states met all 10 benchmarks set by the National Institute for Early Education Research — North Carolina and Alabama. Washington is one of nine states to meet nine of the 10 benchmarks.

Washington’s preschool program does not meet the national organization’s requirement that lead teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree. The state-supported early learning program requires an associates degree for lead teachers. More than 8,000 children around Washington are enrolled in the state-supported preschool program.

On the Web: Department of Early Learning

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