Researchers at the National Institute for Early Education Research, or NIEER, have been tracking state pre-school policies and programs since 2002 and this year's report starts out pretty upbeat.
More states than ever, 43 plus the District of Columbia and Guam, provide publicly funded pre-school. Enrollment is at an all-time high with 1.5 million children, mostly three and four year olds. State funding on pre-school is now about $7.4 billion, an eight percent increase over last year. That increase has pushed spending to just under $5,000 per child.