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ERIC Number: ED564124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
State Pre-K Funding for 2015-16 Fiscal Year: National Trends in State Preschool Funding. 50-State Review
Parker, Emily; Atchison, Bruce; Workman, Emily
Education Commission of the States
This report highlights significant investments made by both Republican and Democratic policymakers in state-funded pre-k programs for the fourth year in a row. In the 2015-16 budget year, 32 states and the District of Columbia raised funding levels of pre-k programs. This increased support for preschool funding came from both sides of the aisle--22 states with Republican governors and 10 states with Democratic governors, plus the District of Columbia. In contrast, only five states with Republican governors and three states with Democratic governors decreased their pre-k funding. Overall, state funding of pre-k programs across the 50 states and the District of Columbia increased by nearly $755 million, or 12 percent over 2014-15. While this progress is promising, there is still work to be done to set children on the path to academic success early in life. Still, less than half of preschool-aged students have access to pre-k programs. Increasing the number of students in high-quality preschool programs is broadly viewed as a way to set young learners on a path to a secure economic future and stable workforce. This report includes several state examples and an overview of the pre-k programs they have in place. Data tables on total state pre-K funding and state pre-kindergarten funding by program are appended. [Megan Carolan contributed to this publication.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: United States