Study Says Arkansas Doing Fine in Pre-K Programs; Could Do Better

UNDATED (AP) - A study of pre-school programs gives Arkansas high marks but also says the state could be doing better. A report by the National Institute of Early Education Research notes that Arkansas spends more than $4,800 per-student for pre-kindergarten programs. It also says that 18 percent of Arkansas four-year-olds are enrolled in pre-K.

But the institute says Arkansas would fare better in its report if it required at least a bachelor's degree for teachers in state-funded pre-kindergarten programs.

The study said Arkansas had the fifth-best access for three-year-olds and 15th-best access for four-year-olds. Arkansas was ninth in per-student funding.

The report was released today.

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