The State of Preschool 2012

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) releases a State of Preschool report every year. Arkansas usually does well in these rankings given the success of the state’s Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) program. Arkansas ranks 11th in access for 4-year-olds and 5th in access for 3-year-olds. Arkansas ranks 10th in the country when it comes to spending per child. Funding for pre-K in Arkansas has remained constant (it hasn’t increased at all since 2008), despite a trend of decreasing funding in other states.