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.