In Washington State, preschools are not considered part of basic education. Therefore, preschool teachers in general education programs are not required to be highly qualified. Special Education preschool teachers must meet the IDEA endorsement requirements in WAC 392-172A-02090(1)(d). See Question #4 for more information.
Federal guidelines for Title I pre-schools encourage teachers to “meet the highest professional standards for teaching young children, which ideally include having earned a baccalaureate degree and received comprehensive education about child development…Well-educated, effective teachers are essential to a high-quality preschool program and the successful development and learning of young children.”