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New Report on Public Pre-K Programs Highlights Which States are Investing in Their Young Children


April 17, 2019
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More children are attending state-funded pre-K programs across the US but state funding is failing to keep pace, resulting in low compensation for pre-K teachers that too often undermines classroom quality, according to a new report from the National Institute for Early Education Research.

The State of Preschool 2018 report, based on 2017-18 academic year data, finds just a third of 4-year-olds and 5.5 percent of 3-year-olds enrolled in public preschool programs—virtually no change in years. State spending per child has decreased, when adjusted for inflation; and most states fail to pay preK teachers comparably to K-3 teachers.

“We are disappointed by the lack of progress and concerned about how many children miss out on quality early learning experiences that can
make a lifelong difference,” said NIEER Founding Director Steven Barnett, Ph.D. “Some states are moving in the right direction, but
many are standing still.”

Listen to Dr. Barnett discuss state-by-state funding, enrollment, access and quality standards–and why those details matter for young children.