By Lisa R. Boone
DANBURY - An early-childhood-education program is offering financial rewards to teachers who improve their credentials.
The program is financed by Smart Start and is called "Enhancing Quality Through Professional Development." It was started last year by the Stokes Partnership for Children to promote higher education for teachers who work with young children, many of them toddlers.
"Our goal is to increase teacher education," said Cindy Tuttle, the executive director of Stokes Partnership for Children. "With any kind of child-care program, the secret to quality is education."
The program gives a one-time payment of between $50 and $1,000 to teachers who meet such goals as earning college degrees.