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WalletHub Study: 2021’s States with the Best and Worst Early Education Systems

With pre-school enrollment dropping by as much as 17% during the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2021’s States with the Best & Worst Early Education Systems, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.

In order to determine the best early education systems in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of school districts that offer a state pre-K program to number of pre-K quality benchmarks met and total reported spending per child enrolled in pre-K.

Quality of Early Education in California (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 10th – Share of 3- and 4-year-olds Enrolled in pre-K, pre-K Special Education and Head Start
  • 19th – Income Requirement for State Pre-K Eligibility
  • 18th – Total Reported Spending per Child Enrolled in Preschool
  • 13th – Total State Head Start Program Spending per Child Enrolled in Preschool
  • 1st – Monthly Child Care Co-Payment Fees as a Percent of Family Income

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