With research showing that pre-K education results in better test scores, less crime and economic benefits, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019's States with the Best & Worst Early Education Systems as well as accompanying videos.
In order to determine the best early education systems in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of school districts that offer a state pre-K program to number of pre-K quality benchmarks met and total reported spending per child enrolled in pre-K.
Best vs. Worst
• 14 states, such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland and South Carolina, have the highest share of school districts that offer state pre-K program, 100 percent, which is 11.5 times higher than in New Jersey, the state with the lowest at 8.67 percent.
• Oklahoma has the highest share of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-K, pre-K Special Education and Head Start programs, 85.60 percent, which is seven times higher than in Utah, the state with the lowest at 12.30 percent.
• Hawaii has the highest income requirement for state pre-K eligibility, $56,790, which is 6.9 times higher than in Minnesota, which has one of the lowest at $8,230.
• The District of Columbia has the highest total spending per child enrolled in preschool, $18,580, which is 23.9 times higher than in North Dakota, which has one of the lowest at $777.
• The District of Columbia, Iowa and New York, have some of the lowest monthly child care co-payment fees (as share of family income), 1 percent, which is 17 times lower than in Hawaii, the state with the highest at 17 percent.
States with the Best Early Education Systems
2. District of Columbia
6. West Virginia
7. Rhode Island
States with the Worst Early Education Systems
42. New Hampshire
43. New York
48. North Dakota
To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-and-worst-early-education-systems/62668/
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