The National Institute on Early Education Research has released “The State of Preschool 2010″. This report is the eighth in a series of annual reports profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States. This latest Yearbook presents data on state-funded prekindergarten during the 2009-2010 school year and examines three key features of each state pre-K initiative: access, quality standards, and resources.
According to this report, state spending on Pre-K decreased for the first time in eight years of reporting; there has been forward progress in quality, although standards continue to vary greatly from state to state; and 4-year-old enrollment increased slightly nationally while access for 3-year-olds decreased.
As for Ohio, there were reductions in both percent of state population enrolled and state spending per child, and Ohio met two out of the ten Quality Benchmarks measured by the National Institute on Early Education Research.