Arizona Scores High in Early Education Enrollment

| January 21, 2015

January 14, 2015 • By Lisa Irish • Arizona Education News Service • A Service of the Arizona School Boards Association

An increasing number of Arizona three- and four-year-olds have enrolled in preschool in the past five years and over half attend full-day programs, according to a recent national report on early childhood education. Arizona ranks 13th in the nation for preschool enrollment gains, and 19th in children attending full-day preschool, according to the 2015 Quality Counts report “Preparing to Launch: Early Childhood’s Academic Countdown.”

Despite the enrollment gains, Arizona ranks 38th on the early education index. In education overall, Arizona is 47th among states with a D+ overall. The nation as a whole earned a C. Early education is a critical issue in Arizona, because of “our increasing number of children ages 0 to 5, growth of children in foster care and consistently low education rankings compared to other states,” said Tara Jackson, president of Arizona Town Hall.

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