Oklahoma gets top rank in preschool report

Thursday, February 19th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A new study ranks Oklahoma as best in the nation in providing preschool programs for 4-year-olds.

The National Institute for Early Education Research says preschool is offered in most Oklahoma school districts. The study found 60% of the state's 4-year-olds are enrolled in a preschool program.

Georgia ranks second with 55% enrollment.

The study found Oklahoma's preschool programs meet eight of ten quality standards, including one requiring preschool teachers have teacher certification.

Long-term studies show high quality preschool programs lead to higher high school graduation rates, increased college attendance, a decrease in crime and delinquency, and better jobs and earnings.

The National Institute for Early Education Research is affiliated with Rutgers University.