2014 State Preschool Yearbook

Source: W. Steven Barnett, Megan E. Carolan, James H. Squires, Kirsty Clarke Brown, Michelle Horowitz, National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University, 2015

From the press release:
State funded preschool education, hard hit by the Great Recession, has started to get back on track, but inequalities in access to quality programs continues to grow, with 40 percent of preschoolers – more than half a million – still served in inadequate programs, according to an annual report by the nonpartisan National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University. The State of Preschool Report for the 2013-2014 school year, which includes objective state-by-state profiles and rankings, shows positive trends nationally: states increased funding by nearly $120 million over the previous year, enrollment increased modestly, and seven states gained ground on NIEER’s 10 benchmarks for quality standards. Despite the overall trend toward increased funding and enrollment, the report found that only 29 percent of 4-year-olds and 4 percent of 3-year-olds were enrolled in pre-K nationally, with nine states having no state-funded preschool program and about a third of children served by state pre-K residing in the two states with the lowest standards–Florida and Texas. …
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