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Media Advisory: 50-State Survey points to States’ Failure to Invest in Quality Preschool

February 16, 2004

The first State of Preschool report ranks all 50 states on quality of, resources for and access to state preschool programs for children in each state. The report identifies the states that set high standards for preschool programs and the states that provide no programs for their children. The report addresses the academic, law enforcement and economic consequences of failing to invest in quality preschool and calls for greater state and federal investments.

The major findings of the study covered:

  • Access – how many children are enrolled state by state.
  • Quality – how many quality standards the state met — including degree and training requirements for teachers and assistants, class size, curriculum and staff to child ratio.
  • Resources – how much did each state spend on preschool, per child.
W. Steven Barnett, Director, National Institute for Early Education Research

Edward Zigler, Director, Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University, one of the original founders of federal Head Start.

Sue Urahn, Director, Education Division, The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Dorothy Youngblood, Preschool Teacher

Mark P. Donahue, Chicago Police Detective and president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police to discuss crime and violence consequences

Eva Blum, PNC Bank, to discuss implications for business

The Zenger Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington.

10:00 AM, February 19, 2004

Carol Shipp
cell: 732.672.5292

Stacey Finkel
cell: 703.304.1377


The National Institute for Early Education Research (, a unit of Rutgers University, supports early childhood education policy by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research.