State of State Pre-K
May 15, 2015
The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.
-John W. Holt, Jr.
The National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) recently released the “State of Preschool 2014,” which actually does not assess the entire range of preschool services in the USA, but focuses on state-funded pre-K programs. The report concludes…
“State pre-K programs may have turned a corner in 2013-2014, but progress remains slow. If pre-K is to be made available to even all children under 200 percent of the poverty level within the next 20 years, state investments will have to grow at a much faster pace. At the 2013-2014 growth rate it would take about 75 years for states to reach 50 percent enrollment at age 4 and 150 years to reach 70 percent enrollment. Even a return to the average rate of growth since 2001-2002 would leave the nation 25 years away from enrolling 50 percent of 4-year-olds in state funded pre-K…. Every state is capable of delivering high-quality pre-K to all 4-year-olds within 10 years, if they set high standards and commit adequate resources. Many states could reach this goal in less than 10 years.”