Research center commends state's pre-k efforts

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - The Pew Center on the States has commended Tennessee's efforts to improve pre-kindergarten programs.

The Washington-based research center cited the state's emphasis on early childhood education in Tennessee's Race to the Top application. Tennessee was 1 of just two states to be successful in the program's first round awarding grants to improve failing schools.

The center also referenced the state's efforts to improve training for pre-k teacher assistants and child care workers.

The governor's office says Tennessee has 934 state-funded pre-k classes serving more than 18,000 children.

According to its website, the center works to advance state policies that serve the public interest.

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