All 50 states would have the opportunity to apply for federal grants to fund things like:
- Scholarships for preschool teachers pursuing bachelor's degrees in early childhood education or closely related fields.
- Support for preschool teachers to earn a credential or official license that demonstrates their knowledge of early childhood education (if they have a bachelor's degree that is not in a closely related field.
- Raises for teachers who are working on (or already earned) a degree in early childhood education.
- Providing preschool teachers and teacher assistants with ongoing opportunities to develop their skills as early childhood educators.
Preschool teachers/teaching assistants must be employed in an early childhood education program to benefit from these grants. States that want to apply for a grant would have to create and present a plan for an "early childhood professional development system."