The job market in Dallas County is experiencing a shortage of more than 4,000 early childhood educators. DCCCD has a solution: create an Early Childhood Institute and award baccalaureate degrees in early childhood education. By offering a quality and affordable degree, the district supports the governor's mission of a quality pre-kindergarten and also helps solve the teacher shortage without adding any fiscal costs for the state.
OUTCOME: S.B. 2118 was passed and signed by Governor Abbott. It will allow community colleges to offer a quality, affordable bachelor’s degree in applied science, including applied science with an emphasis in early childhood education, applied technology or nursing.