April 19, 2018:
The State of Preschool
The State of Preschool 2017, a new report from the
National Institute for Early Education Research, enrollment in state funded preschool programs has surpassed 1.5 million young children for the first time. Most of these young children (almost 86%) were 4 years old, with the remainder being 3 years of age, but the number of young children enrolled varies from state to state. Four (4) states (FL, OK, WI, and VT) and Washington, DC served more than 70% of 4-year-olds, while 12 states (AL, AZ, DE, HI, IN, MA, MN, MO, MS, NV, RI, and WA) enrolled less than 10% of children of the same age.
The 43 states and DC that offer state funded preschool programs spent a combined $7.6 billion, an increase of $155 million compared to 2015-2016. Washington, DC provided the most funding per pupil at $16,996, while Nebraska spent the least at $2,000 per pupil.
You can find out your state’s preschool enrollment, funding, progress on quality indicators, and more by taking a closer look at these
For more on early childhood from the AAP, visit the
AAP Council on Early Childhood.