Votes Count: Legislative Action for Pre-K Fiscal Year 2010

Source: PEW Center on the States, October 2009

Faced with limited resources and historic deficits, the majority of states have once again wisely chosen to protect pre-k funding. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia – which faced budget gaps of up to 35 percent – chose to increase or hold their pre-k funding steady for fiscal year 2010. Two additional states – Rhode Island and Alaska – made their first investments in pre-k education.

Our annual report, “Votes Count: Legislative Action for Pre-K Fiscal Year 2010,” reviews state budgets to see which legislatures understand the economic and educational value of high-quality, voluntary pre-k. The study shows that while the economy has forced lawmakers to evaluate budgets with unprecedented focus, states see pre-k as a core priority and are finding ways to fund it.
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