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D.C. Tops Charts For Pre-K Enrollment

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When D.C. is compared to states, it has the highest percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-K programs as well as the highest spending per child.

States are doing a better job at educating 3 and 4-year-olds over the past decade. That’s according to a report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (pdf). But more than 9,000 fewer 4-year-olds were enrolled in state-funded pre-K programs across the U.S in 2013 than the year before.

D.C. meets eight of ten standards evaluated, including requiring specialized teacher training, a staff student ratio of 1:10 or better and programs that offer health screenings including for vision and hearing.

Maryland also meets eight of the ten standards but ranks slightly lower on the list for access and state funding compared to D.C. And Virginia meets six of the ten standards and ranks 26th for access and 23rd in state spending.

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