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France has 100 percent of its 3 year olds in pre-K. We have 51 percent.

One thing that's been lost a bit in the discussion around President Obama's preschool proposal is where, exactly, the United States stands compared to peer countries when it comes to subsidizing preschool and other early childhood education programs.

The answer, unsurprisingly, is that we're among the stingiest countries when it comes to nursery school, as a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress makes clear (also, nice punny title CAP, well-played):

That said, in a lot of these I'm surprised the United States is even as engaged as it is. Eighty-one percent of funding for preschool is public, by this measure, and 69 percent of 4 year olds are enrolled in something, which is pretty astonishing. You can compare across still more countries in this interactive map:

You can read the rest of the report here.

Correction: The original infographic in this report -- and thus in this post -- had some errors. It's been corrected, as has the headline.

More info:

-- Why preschool is a better deal than the stock market.

-- Why Obama's funding mechanism for pre-K doesn't hold up.

-- Jonathan Cohn on the perils of the current American pre-K system.

-- Did Oklahoma's model work?

-- James Heckman on the Obama plan and other early ed matters.



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