Teacher quality and development.
Founded in 1990 by then-college student Wendy Kopp, Teach For
America (TFA) has prepared 17,000 teachers for assignments in
underserved parts of the United States through a program that includes
an intensive summer training institute coupled with student teaching.
Teach For America occasionally has had its recruits assigned to
pre-kindergarten classes in the past, but last summer was the first time
the organization specifically trained recruits to work in public
pre-kindergarten classrooms. According to Catherine Brown, the director
of Teach For America's early childhood initiative, the new addition
of a pre-kindergarten component reflects both a growing demand for early
childhood teachers and a demand from TFA corps members themselves. Over
the years, she said, corps members assigned to higher grade levels have
often said of their students, "'If only I could have gotten to
them younger ..." [More-Education Week] (Feb. 9 paid subscription