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New Pre-K Para Requirements in 2027

The MD General Assembly passed legislation under HB 1300 that all Paraeducators working in Pre-Kindergarten classrooms in Maryland have until 2027 to obtain either a Child Development Associate Certification or an Associates Degree. 

You can read the legislation here (the relevant language is on page 157): 

**Please note that the law refers to the position as a “Teaching Assistant” but in BCPSS it is the Pre-Kindergarten Paraeducator. 

**The legislation states that the requirements begin in 2024, but MSDE has extended the deadline till 2027.