Learn about the state of pre-school
Yesterday the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released the 2009 State of Preschool Yearbook. The report, published annually, ranks all states for the 2008-2009 school year on enrollment in state-funded preschool programs, the amount of funding spent per child, and the number of NIEER’s 10 quality benchmarks each state met. The NIEER 10 quality benchmarks are based on enrollment figures, quality standards, funding adequacy, and evidence of program effectiveness.
The report’s key national and Texas-specific findings include:
- Enrollment nationally increased by over 81,000. More than 1.2 million children attended state-funded preschool education, over 1 million at age 4.
- State funding for Pre-K rose to more than $5 billion nationwide. The increase was $446 million, about half the increase of the previous year.
- Though it has one of the largest numbers of children enrolled in preschool nationwide, Texas has work to do to improve the quality of preschool education.
- Texas sets no limits on class size or staff-child ratios. Many other states limited classes to 20 or fewer children with a teacher and an assistant.
To view a copy of the 2009 State of Preschool Yearbook, click here. For more information about NIEER, visit their website at http://www.nieer.org/.
Karen R. Johnson
United Ways of Texas