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.