Massachusetts wants more preschool teachers who work in the state's many private programs to earn bachelor's degrees to better prepare them to teach a more rigorous academic curriculum and narrow the achievement gap. Education specialists also believe preschool teachers with more education would be better able to identify learning disabilities and developmental delays in students. The push for additional training is part of the state's effort to ensure that all students have access to quality preschool, a situation that has been found to vary widely across the state.

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