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More young children are back in preschool

Publication: K-12 Dive
Date: May 2023

Dive Brief:

  • State-supported preschools are seeing a rebound in enrollment after the COVID-19 pandemic erased a decade of progress in participation, according to The State of Preschool 2022 report from the National Institute for Early Education Research and Rutgers Graduate School of Education.
  • Preschool enrollment increased by 180,668 children — or 13% — in the 2021-22 school year compared to the year before, with all but seven states seeing enrollment growth. In total, 1.5 million children attended state-supported preschool programs in 2021-22.
  • Participation in early education, however, is not yet back to pre-pandemic numbers, the report said. Despite the gains, preschool enrollment in 2021-22 still fell short of 2019-20 enrollment by 130,558 children — or 8%.