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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 required)
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Title Annotation:Teach For America
Publication:The Education Innovator
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 29, 2007
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