In recent years, states have increased funding efforts and therefore have been able to improve standards for their early education programs. According to US News, states with successful early education programs have seen significant improvement in K-12 and beyond.
California has increased spending for pre-K by 17% for the 2015-2016 school year in connection with the newly introduced state-funded transitional kindergarten program. This program recently changed the age requirements and now children as young as age 4 are allowed to enroll in a transitional kindergarten (TK) program. TK acts as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten and provides additional opportunities for children whose family are not able to afford a private pre-K program.
The Golden State's recent injection of cash into its state-funded pre-kindergarten program accounts for more than one-third of the overall spending increase that occurred for pre-K across the US in the 2015-2016 school year. Only a handful of states, including Iowa, Maine and Indiana, have significantly increased publicly funded education to children of a younger age.
EdGate will continue to follow state and international programs and their related standards as they expand and change.
By: Joan Frank