Forty-four states, plus the District of Columbia, fund pre-K programs, which are often seen as critical to early childhood development. Research shows short- and long-term benefits, from academic gains to social and emotional development, for students who enroll in high quality pre-K. The resources on this page cover outcomes, funding models and policy trends. 

data on the ROI per dollar spent on pre-k


Policy Reports

Relevant context and state policy examples concerning pre-K.

Blog Posts

Legislative trends and other news with implications for pre-K.

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One cost-effective strategy in the face of severe budget cuts is to focus on the early years.

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As states look to strengthen their investments and quality in early learning, full-day kindergarten is a key component in creating a seamless early learning continuum.

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State Information Requests

Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on pre-K. 

States With Universal Pre-K
Trends in Pre-K Policies, Costs and Benefits
Pre-K Effectiveness

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