April 19, 2018: The State of Preschool
According to 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 state profiles.
For more on early childhood from the AAP, visit
the AAP Council on Early Childhood.