Study: National Disparities in States’ Pre-K Programs

Data from the National Institute for Early Education Research shows an increased gap between the number of states offering pre-kindergarten services and those that do not.

Pre-kindergarten students at the Dallas Independent School District's Cesar Chavez Learning Center.

Data released by the National Institute for Early Education Research shows an increased gap between the number of states offering pre-kindergarten services and those that do not. Some states like Florida and Oklahoma ensure that more than 75 percent of 4-year-olds attend pre-K, while 11 states serve fewer than 10 percent of eligible children. Texas received particular scrutiny in the report, which noted that the state met less than half the recommended indicators of a quality pre-K program. (The Associated Press)