Early education is one of the few school reforms — if not the only one — with extensive research showing its value in academic, social and other ways.

Yet a new report shows that funding across the country by states has declined over the past two years — to the tune of about $90 million — even though enrollment has increased. What’s more, a number of states don’t even fund early pre-K programs.

In fact, a total of 11 states did not fund pre-K programs in 2010-11, the report said. They are:







New Hampshire

North Dakota

South Dakota



The report also says:

Arizona had a pre-K program but it was defunded for the 2010-11 school year.

Hawaii “does not have a state-funded preschool initiative that meets the criteria established in this report” but “funds several initiatives that provide early learning services to certain populations.”

Mississippi does not have a state-funded pre-K program but helped launch in 2008 the Mississippi Building Blocks program for 4-year-olds. It is an initiative sponsored by several foundations and business leaders that offers support to private child care centers in an effort to improve the quality of the program.

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