W.Va. ranked 5th for percentage of four-year-olds enrolled in Pre-K

Local - 5/1/2013 9:13 AM by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - A study ranked the state fifth in the nation for the percentage of four-year-olds enrolled in pre-kindergarten classes.

The report by the National Institute for Early Education Research found that about 61% of four-year-olds were enrolled in state-funded preschools during the 2011-2012 school year. That number rose from 58% the year before.  The study found West Virginia increased preschool state funding for that year to about $6,000 per child, which increased by $400 from the previous school year. 

West Virginia's Pre-K programs also continued to meet eight of the ten quality standard benchmarks.  The unmet benchmarks involved degree requirements for teachers and their assistants.  The legislature passed a bill this year that would require preschool aids to receive higher levels of education by July 2014.

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