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A Quality Teacher in Every Classroom

Early Childhood Educator

Professional Development Program 11


Purpose of the Program

The Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program awards competitive grants for early childhood educators and caregivers working in high-poverty communities to participate in professional development activities that improve their knowledge and skills. The professional development activities focus on furthering children’s language and literacy skills to help set them on the road to reading proficiency once they enter kindergarten.

New Program Improvements and Resources

The No Child Left Behind Act reauthorizes this program and will help to improve children's education by improving the language, cognitive, and early reading skills of young children so that they will be better prepared for elementary school.

Last year, President Bush signed legislation that increased funding from $10 million in 2001 to $15 million in 2002, an increase of 50 percent. President Bush has proposed maintaining this commitment to the program for FY-03.

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