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Report: State needs to move faster on plans to enroll all eligible children in preschool by 2022


April 17, 2019
Neal Morton

Washington needs to a move a lot faster to meet a self-imposed deadline to enroll all eligible children in preschool by 2022-23, a new report on the  state of preschool  nationwide suggested. But as state lawmakers consider measures to boost enrollment, advocates stressed that preschool providers need more money to offer competitive salaries for teachers amid  pay hikes  in neighboring…

Alabama’s Pre-K Program ranked highest quality in nation


April 17, 2019
Shyra Sherfield

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – Alabama’s First Class Pre-K Program has been named the highest quality of its kind in the nation, the governor’s office announced Wednesday This is Alabama’s 13th consecutive win for this title. Alabama is one of only three states to exceed the requirements provided by NIEER to measure a program’s quality. “For…

Report: R.I. a leader in quality pre-K, but access still too low


April 17, 2019
William Hamilton

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has boosted spending and enrolled more children in prekindergarten, but access to public preschool programs remains low in the Ocean State, according to an annual report by the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. The “State of Preschool” report, based on 2017-18 data, comes as Gov. Gina M….

National report removes Indiana’s pre-K program from rankings


April 17, 2019
Stephanie Wang

An annual national report on preschool dumped Indiana from this year’s rankings, excluding the state’s fledging On My Way Pre-K program because of a controversial requirement that bars some families in need from signing up. In order to qualify for Indiana’s prekindergarten vouchers, income-eligible parents must also be working, attending school or seeking a job….

The State Of Preschool In The Region Is Mixed: Almost Full Enrollment In D.C., Very Little In Virginia


April 17, 2019
Martin Austermuhle

State-funded preschools across the country educate only a fraction of three- and four-year-olds. And to get even half the number of eligible kids into such programs could take a long, long time — possibly even an entire century. That’s one of the findings of the “ State of Preschool 2018 ” report published Wednesday by the National Institute for…

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…

Can pre-K help students, even if they don’t attend?


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…