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State Pre-K Funding: 2014-15 fiscal year - For the third year in a row both Republican and Democratic policymakers are making significant investments in state-funded pre-K programs. An analysis of 2014-15 appropriations by the 50 states and the District of Columbia revealed a number of key findings. (Bruce Atchison and Emily Workman, ECS, January 2015)...

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State Pre-K Funding -- 2013-14 Fiscal Year PDF - For the second year in a row, even in the midst of continuing state budget constraints, policymakers are making significant investments in state-funded pre-K programs. (Bruce Atchison, Emily Workman, Michael Griffith, ECS, January 2014)...

State Pre-K Funding: 2012-13 School Year PDF - The Education Commission of the States reviewed policies across all 50 states to determine 2012-13 state expenditures on pre-K programs serving 4-year-olds. The goal of this analysis was to determine how state commitment to pre-K programs serving 4-year-olds fared during a flat budget year. Findings indicate that while 26 states cut K-12 funding in 2012-13, state funding for pre-K programs serving 4-year-olds increased by 3.6%. With increasing awareness of the impact quality early learning has on 3rd –grade reading proficiency, many states are preserving or even boosting their funding for pre-K. (Mike Griffith, ECS, April 2013)...

Resources Developed by States and Selected Cities to Support Financing Preschool Programs - To answer questions about how states and cities approach financing high quality preschool programs across different providers, this brief identifies types of guidance states provide to programs in calculating their preschool budgets. Ten states/cities provide budget tools, 17 provide program or implementation guidance that includes budgeting or financing information and 10 develop annual or aggregate reports on PreK programs that include financing. (Michelle Horowitz, Kirsty Clarke Brown and Lori Connors-Tadros, CEELO, June 2015)...

Examples of State Guidance to Determine and Verify Income Eligibility for Prekindergarten Programs - States that received federal preschool development grant funds are seeking to expand access for eligible children. The question is, how to determine eligibility. This brief describes how different states accomplish that. (Lori Connors-Tadros, Kirsty Clarke Brown and Diane Schilder, CEELO Fast Fact, May 2015)...

The State of Preschool 2014 - The good news: state funding for Pre-K increased by nearly $120 million in 2013-14. The bad news: programs have yet to fully recover from the impacts of half a billion dollars cut in 2011-12. Enrollment grew modestly by 8,535, nearly half of which went to recouping 4,000 seats lost in 2012-13. State Pre-K quality standards improved. Mississippi started a program in January 2014 and simultaneously met all 10 NIEER benchmarks. An analysis of each state is featured. (W. Steven Barnett, et al., NIEER, May 2015) ...

Indiana Early Learning Advisory Committee: A Summary Report of the Early Learning Advisory Committee's Work and Recommendations to the Governor and Legislative Council - Indiana is one of the few states in the country with no state-supported preschool. In an effort to address the problem, an Early Learning Advisory Committee was formed in 2013 and this is the committee's first report. Among their findings: 67 percent of Indiana's children require care because their parents work and half of Hoosier families have incomes that make paying for care a significant burden. Even if they could afford it, capacity of high quality care is limited. (Amanda Lopez, Indiana Early Learning Advisory Committee, June 2014) ...

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