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Indiana Remains One of Several States Without A Preschool Program

4/30/2013

Indiana is now one of nine states without a preschool program and a new nationwide report is highlighting Indiana’s lagging efforts.

Lawmakers attempted to launch a state-funded preschool pilot program during this year's Indiana General Assembly session, but settled for including $4 million in the state budget for community groups to help low-income students attend preschool.

The “State of Preschool Yearbook 2012” shows this has not been a very good year for early childhood education programs nationally.

Steve Barnett with the National Institute for Early Education Research, says the report reveals that public resources for preschool program have been cut in many states. He says that leads to bigger class sizes and overall reductions in quality.

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