UW board approves preschool education outreach plan

Laramie, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved a proposal that could improve access to and quality of preschool education across Wyoming.

The proposal approved Wednesday establishes the Wyoming Early Childhood Outreach Network, which will seek to provide in-the-field experiences for UW students preparing to be preschool teachers, while offering a degree pathway for teachers already serving across Wyoming.

The Laramie Boomerang reports the effort will cost about $400,000 but will be paid for with money from private foundation grants.

Tricia Johnson is a UW associate professor of early childhood education.

Johnson says a central focus of the network will be rural communities and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Johnson says the network will send early childhood education students to teach around the state as they complete coursework online.