Preschool Education in the United States

Based on 2013/2014 data, The State of Preschool 2013, issued by the NCES , “… provides an overview of state supported preschool enrollment and state funding of preschool programs.”(1) A brief history of the implementation of preschool is given, followed by tables showing how each state fares in providing preschool education to its 3 and 4 year-old populations. In some cases, New Jersey ranks near the top (per capita state funding, p.8; percentage of 3 year-olds enrolled, p.4). Surprisingly, there are ten states that do not offer state-funded preschool: Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. How does the United states compare to other countries in the provision of preschool education? Some data can be retrieved from the OECD publication Education at a Glance 2013, especially Indicator C2.(276+); additional information can be gleaned from individual country reports found in World Data on Education from the International Bureau of Education.




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