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ERIC Number: ED534362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 143
Providing Preschool Education for All 4-Year-Olds: Lessons from Six State Journeys. Preschool Policy Brief. Issue 18
Ackerman, Debra J.; Barnett, W. Steven; Hawkinson, Laura E.; Brown, Kirsty; McGonigle, Elizabeth A.
National Institute for Early Education Research
State-funded voluntary prekindergarten programs have grown steadily over the past decade and now enroll more than one million children. While the overall trend has been one of increasing participation in publicly funded preschool education, access in most states is limited to select groups of disadvantaged or otherwise-at-risk 4-year-olds. However, Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma offer "preschool for all." This means all 4-year-olds living in the state are eligible for state pre-K, and most actually attend. Other states, such as Illinois, New York and West Virginia, have committed to extending availability to all 4-year-olds over the next five years. To illuminate the options, opportunities, and challenges in moving toward preschool education for all, this report examines the individual journeys of these six states. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
National Institute for Early Education Research. Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, 73 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Tel: 848-932-4350; Fax: 732-932-4360; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts
Authoring Institution: National Institute for Early Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Georgia; Illinois; New York; Oklahoma; West Virginia