Training teachers, giving parents choices
A 20-million-dollar federal Race To The Top grant will be used by Oregon to help teachers and parents prepare their pre-schoolers for school.
"Over the next couple of years we will develop the training opportunities, the systems for improving quality for all these settings that child care providers can participate in."
Duke Shepherd, advisor to Governor Kitzhaber, says the program will pay for improved learning programs, not for day care. "Federal investment will help parents have access to a wider variety of settings." He says the money will be spent by the state's early learning council. "Be in educator training so that early childhood educators and providers are producing the highest quality environments for kids. Then that will give parents the options to choose the settings that are right for their kids."
The state has four years to administer the money.