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State of Preschool 2014Earlier this week, the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) released the “State of Preschool 2014” report. This report, studying programs for the 2013-2014 school year, focuses on state-funded prekindergarten programs throughout the United States. NIEER has been conducting this research and providing these yearly reports for over a decade.

According to information in the report regarding access to state-funded prekindergarten, Texas ranked 9th overall and was serving 52% of 4-year-olds. Additionally, Texas programs enrolled 6% of the state’s 3-year-olds and ranked 13th in this area.

In regard to funding, Texas ranks 29th in the nation for state spending per child. In regard to quality, the Texas program met 2 of NIEER’s 10 quality standards benchmarks. A couple of factors contributing to this rating are the lack of limits on prekindergarten class size and student-teacher ratio.

This topic has been a high priority for Governor Abbott and an area of focus in the current Texas legislative session.  As noted in a previous blog and related to high-quality prekindergarten, House Bill 4 passed both houses of congress last week. House Bill 4 would provide increased funding to school districts that adopt additional quality standards for prekindergarten programs.

Click the following link to access the report: State of Preschool 2014

Kelley Estes-Jones

Kelley Estes-Jones

I am Kelley Estes-Jones, an educator with a special interest in helping young children with and without disabilities, their families, and their educational teams build a solid foundation for future learning and overall success. With a strong foundation built upon developmentally appropriate practices, each child has the opportunity rise to a highly successful future within an inclusive environment. As a consultant on the Preschool Services Team at Region 10 Education Service Center, I am realizing my dream of keeping an eye on preschool and helping children, educators, and families build our future.

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