While research continues to demonstrate that high-quality preschool is one of the most beneficial investments we can make for all of our children and their communities, an annual report finds that preschool funding has fallen victim to the weak economy and other spending priorities. The 2010 Yearbook, published by the National Institute for Early Education Research, presents data on state-funded prekindergarten programs during the 2009-2010 school year including information on national trends in public preschool programs, state profiles with detailed program information, and comprehensive appendices of survey and program data. The report emphasizes the need for effective, high-quality early education programs which provide critical support to a child’s development. The data also shows that the recession had a significant impact on state funding for preschool programs in the 2009-2010 school year.
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