JUNEAU (AP) -- The University of Alaska Southeast will coordinate a federal grant to help Alaska Natives get associate degrees in Early Childhood Education.
The $325,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be used to fund three gatherings in May, which will take place in Southeast, Southwest and Interior Alaska.
The National Head Start Bureau has mandated that half of its teachers in a community must have an associate degree by 2003. Head Start is designed to prepare 3 to 5 year olds for school.
Margaret Grogan, administrator of the Distance Early Childhood Degree program, says meeting that requirement will be difficult for Head Start teachers in Alaska. Many of the teachers have little college experience, live in remote areas and tend to be over 40 years old, she said.
Head Start is designed to prepare children aged 3 to 5 to enter school.
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