A new national state-by-state report shows more young children enrolled in public Pre-K programs nationwide, with Maine investing more in Pre-K, serving nearly 40 percent of 4 year olds in high-quality pre-K.
The State of Preschool 2017 annual report reflects that Maine pre-K served 39 percent of the state’s 4-year-old population, above the nationwide average. Maine boosted pre-K funding by more than $1.1 million and continued to implement policies supporting both high-quality pre-K and young Dual Language Learners.
“This is the first-time Maine has met 9 out of 10 benchmarks for public preschool,” said Maine Education Commissioner, Robert G. Hasson, Jr. “The Department has dedicated the extra time and resources needed to support Maine Pre-K programs in their work toward meeting these high-quality national standards. We are committed to continuing the work so that students can benefit from access to quality Pre-K programing state-wide.”
This year’s report includes a special section on policies affecting Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and highlights changes since 2002, when National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) began tracking state pre-K. Read more about Maine’s report below.
Maine 2016–2017 fast facts:
- Maine met 9 of 10 new quality standards benchmarks
- Enrolled 5,440 children, a decrease of two from 2015–16
- Total state funding = $18,775,709, an increase of $1,181,702 from 2015–16
- State spending-per-child = $3,451, compared to $3,233 in 2015–16
- Maine collects data on preschoolers’ home language; several policies to support preschool DLLs
Enrollment in state-funded preschool programs has more than doubled since 2002, according to the report. Nationally, 43 states, D.C. and Guam now provide publicly funded preschool to more than 1.5 million children.
For more information about the State of Preschool report and detailed state-by-state profiles on quality access, and funding, please visit www.nieer.org.