EdStat: 38 States had Statewide Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Preschools by February 2017
Many systems include differential funding reimbursement for programs with higher quality ratings.
EdStat: State Spending on Preschool More Than Doubled between 2002 and 2016, from $3.3 to $7.4 Billion
However, a range of research also shows that many early childhood programs do not have positive long-term effects.
EdStat: At Best, Increasing Pre-K Enrollment by 10 Percent Would Raise a State’s Standard Adjusted NAEP Score by a Little Less Than 1 Point Five Years Later
According to new analyses, the positive associations between NAEP scores and earlier pre-K enrollment are small and typically not statistically significant.
EdStat: From 2002 to 2017, the Percentage of Four-Year-Olds Enrolled in State Pre-K Rose from 14 Percent to 33 Percent
But is government-funded pre-K the surest way to provide the opportunity for all children to succeed in school and life?
EdStat: Parents Pay a Median Price of $8,320 a Year for Eight Hours a Week of Center-Based Care for a Child Under Five Who Does Not Have a Disability
Parents spend more in the Northeast and West and less in the South and Midwest.
EdStat: The U.S. Federal Government Spends Roughly $26 Billion Annually on Programs and Tax Expenditures to Support the Care and Education of Young Children
But how much are individual households spending to send a child to a center-based program when no one is helping them pay?
Even though controversy has sprung up around the new International Early Learning and Child Well-Being Study, our 2017 EdNext poll found that 48 percent of parents support requiring students in publicly funded preschool programs to take state tests.
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