States With the Best and Worst Early Education

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10. Illinois
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 55.8% (6th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $393.7 million (6th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $1,266 (10th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 35% (21st lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 19.0% (24th highest)

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9. Michigan
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 46.7% (22nd highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $243.6 million (8th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $1,045 (14th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 29% (8th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 22.0% (15th highest)

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8. Delaware
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 50.4% (12th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $6.1 million (11th lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $275 (17th lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 37% (21st highest)
> Child poverty rate: 19.0% (24th highest)

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7. Connecticut
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 65.6% (the highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $111.5 million (15th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $1,436 (6th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 43% (4th highest)
> Child poverty rate: 15.0% (14th lowest)

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6. West Virginia
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 32.9% (3rd lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $93.4 million (20th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $2,321 (2nd highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 30% (11th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 25.0% (7th highest)