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November 04, 2019

Jones, Colleagues Introduce the Bipartisan Creating Early Childhood Leaders Act

Bill would invest in school leadership programs

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.), alongside Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), introduced the bipartisan Creating Early Childhood Leaders Act, which would ensure school leaders are able to effectively support early education teachers and provide children with high-quality early learning programs.

“Alabama has a nationally recognized pre-k program that is hailed for its high quality, and it’s important that the educators that serve those classrooms are well-trained,” said Senator Jones, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. “This bipartisan legislation will encourage training to help guide kids through this crucial time in their development.”

The Creating Early Childhood Leaders Act would ensure principals and school leaders are able to effectively support pre-kindergarten teachers and programs, as well as assist pre-kindergarten students through the transition from pre-K through second grade. Specifically, the legislation would amend Title II of the Higher Education Act by adding provisions to encourage recipients of Teacher Quality Partnership Grants to include training on early childhood development and effective instructional leadership for children ages zero through eight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other organizations, critical brain development occurs in a child’s first years.

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