Booker has made investing in early childhood education one of the central platforms of his presidential campaign. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said Wednesday he is introducing legislation that would appropriate $9 billion over five years to assist students studying early childhood education at community colleges and Minority-Serving Institutions and for on-campus child care.

The legislation, called the Preparing and Resourcing Our Student Parents and Early Childhood Teachers Act, or PROSPECT Act, would establish federal grants aimed at providing free child care to student-parents attending qualifying institutions, as well as increasing and improving the infant-toddler educator workforce through mentorship and training.

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The bill, which does not yet appear online, would also expand eligibility for

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