The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its national report for 2017

The report features trend data from 2002, when NIEER first began tracking state preschool programs, to 2017 and a special report on state pre-K policies–or the lack of–that support young dual language learners.

Enrollment in state-funded preschool programs has more than doubled since 2002—with more than 1.5 million children now enrolled nationwide. National highlights include:

  • 43 states, D.C. and Guam provide publicly funded preschool to more than 1.5 million children
  • 7 states did not invest in preschool programs
  • 10 states enroll 50% or more of their 4-year-olds in public pre-K
  • States spent over $7.6 billion on pre-K in 2016-17, a 2% increase from the previous year (inflation adjusted)
  • Real state spending-per-child enrolled in pre-K decreased
  • AL, MI, RI are the only states meeting all 10 new quality standards benchmarks
  • Most states don’t know how many dual language learners are enrolled in pre-K
  • Most do not require pre-K teachers to have any DLL-specific training