1A Remaking America: The state of universal preschool
For many parents of young children, full-day pre-K programs are out of reach.
In 2021, the average cost of preschool in the United States hovered just under $900 a month, according to the Center for American Policy.
And with inflation boosting the price of nearly everything, it’s no shock that the price of childcare has increased in recent years.
Enter: universal preschool. It’s a measure that’s received bipartisan support, but so far has only passed in 11 states.
For families struggling to meet basic household needs, universal pre-K programs are essential.
While plans to implement universal preschool nationwide have stalled in Congress, lawmakers in 14 states are exploring preschool expansion.
This week, we venture to Colorado, where the legislature passed universal preschool last year. Recent walkbacks in funding and dips in enrollment are threatening to close many state-funded early learning centers.
How should the states handle preschool programs? What effect might universal preschool – or the absence of it – have on education outcomes?
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