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Funding Is Up But Quality Isn’t At California Preschools


April 17, 2019
Priska Neely

More young kids are being enrolled in preschool, and California is providing more funding, but a  new report  finds the state below the national average when it comes to quality. The report — from the National Institute for Early Education Research — doesn’t include Los Angeles-specific data, but it’s relevant because nearly 25% of the roughly 3…


April 17, 2019
Matt Barnum

A few years after South Carolina expanded access to preschool programs, students’ test scores in elementary school jumped. But the increase contained something of a mystery. Only students from low-income families were eligible for the new pre-kindergarten program. Scores, though, climbed across the board, including for students from more affluent families. New  research  documenting that phenomenon comes…

New Rankings Indicate Oklahoma’s Pre-K Program Among the Nation’s Best


April 17, 2019

Oklahoma’s public Pre-K program scored among the top eight states in the nation in a new report from the influential National Institute for Early Education Research. In “The State of Preschool 2018” annual report, Oklahoma met 9 of 10 benchmarks in quality standards, including academic standards, class size and staff professional development. Only three states met all…

Florida’s pre-K program scores low marks for quality, funding in new national study


April 17, 2019
Leslie Postal

Florida’s pre-Kindergarten program earned low marks for quality and funding in the annual “state of preschool” report  released Wednesday, with the authors of the national study noting it is now spending less on its preschool program than it did a decade ago. The Sunshine State is ranked second in the nation for the percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled in the…

Research Finds Pre-K Enrollment, Spending Stagnant, As Key Federal Early Learning Grants Are About to Dry Up


April 17, 2019
Carolyn Phenicie

Enrollment in state-funded preschool programs has stagnated, and the federal grants that have helped expand them in recent years are ending, according to a new report. Overall, about one-third of the country’s 4-year-olds and less than 6 percent of 3-year-olds were enrolled in state-funded programs in the 2017-18 school year, according to the most recent…

State-Funded Pre-K Sees Slow Enrollment Growth, Says New National Report


April 17, 2019
Christina Samuels

About a third of the nation’s 4-year-olds—1.3 million children— were enrolled in state-funded preschool programs nationwide during the 2017-18 school year, an increase of about 35,000 children during from the previous year. at the current rate of growth, it would take 20 years for state preschool programs to have enough seats to enroll half of the…

Report: Overall pre-K spending grows, but few states make gains in quality, enrollment


April 17, 2019
Linda Jacobson

For the first time, overall spending on public pre-K programs across 44 states, the District of Columbia and Guam tops $8 billion, and 16 states increased per-child funding last year. But a sizable number of states — 18 — have used a soon-to-expire federal grant program to expand or improve those programs, and not all…

Texas Pre-K Program Falls Short, Report Suggests


April 17, 2019
Silas Allen

Texas is lagging behind other states in the education it offers to its youngest learners, according to a study released Wednesday. But a plan lawmakers are considering to fund full-day prekindergarten statewide could help turn the state’s early learning program in the right direction, one of that study’s authors said. “It would be a great…

Illinois is doing better by its youngest learners — but it’s reaching too few of them


April 17, 2019
Cassie Walker Burke

After losing ground for many years in early education compared with other states, Illinois has started to play catch-up by boosting funding for young learners and building new tools to assess whether children are learning, according to  a report released Wednesday  by a prominent research group. But the state still lags behind most of its neighbors — and the…

Arizona preschools fall toward bottom of the pack in national report


April 17, 2019
Griselda Zetino

PHOENIX — A new report grading preschool programs nationwide doesn’t show good results for Arizona. “Arizona is really toward the bottom of the pack,” Steve Barnett, co-director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, said. The institute’s report released Wednesday found only 4% of 4-year-olds and 2% of 3-year-olds in Arizona…