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National report ranks Oklahoma among top states in pre-K education


April 18, 2019
Kyle Hinchey

Oklahoma continues to be a national leader in providing universal access to prekindergarten, according to a report released Wednesday. The National Institute for Early Childhood Education ranks Oklahoma No. 4 for access to prekindergarten, with 74% of the state’s 4-year-olds enrolled in early education programs during the 2017-18 school year. As one of the first…

Report: Michigan meeting early education quality standards


April 18, 2019
Steve Carmody

A new study  finds Michigan is doing well in educating very young children. But the report’s authors are concerned about the future. The National Institute for Early Education Research’s State of Preschool 2018 report has positive things to say about the state. Michigan is one of only three states to meet the group’s new, more stringent benchmarks for…

Ivey announces Alabama’s First Class Pre-K as nation’s top program


April 18, 2019
Will Whaley

Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) ranks Alabama First Class Pre-K as the nation’s highest quality state pre-kindergarten program for the 13th consecutive year. This includes the program in Selma City School System, that is now called the Selma City School’s Strong Start Pre-K program. “We are…

California lags behind other states in quality and access to state-funded preschool


April 18, 2019
Zaidee Stavely

California still has a long way to go to catch up with other states in quality and access to preschool, according to a national report that ranks all state-funded preschool programs. The  “State of Preschool Yearbook”  is published every year by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), based at Rutgers University.  California was ranked 14th in access…

Preschool Progress Stalled in NJ but is Promising, Report Finds


April 17, 2019
Dino Flammia

New Jersey spends more money per preschool student than any other state, and delivers a high-quality program, but the state has room to grow when it comes to providing access to preschool, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Institute for Early Education Research. The Garden State remains a national leader in access…

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…