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Rutgers University report Vermont ranks 2nd in pre-K access


May 13, 2016
AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Lola Duffort
Times Argus

Vermont is No. 2 in the country for access to pre-kindergarten, according to a new Rutgers University report — and quality standards, though lagging last year, are expected to improve with the implementation of Act 166 this fall. Access to high-quality preschool is growing modestly nationwide, according to the annual State of Preschool report published by Rutgers National Institute for Early Education Research. But in Vermont, enrollment is shooting up rapidly.

“What stands out for me is the very rapid progress the Vermont has made in moving from a program that a decade ago enrolled only about a third of the kids and today is nearly universal,” NIEER director and Rutgers professor Steve Barnett said Wednesday. “The challenge now is for Vermont to make sure that every child gets a high-quality education.”