States With the Best and Worst Early Education

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5. New Mexico
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 42.4% (15th lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $51.9 million (22nd lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $1,033 (15th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 23% (the lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 29.0% (2nd highest)

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4. Hawaii
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 48.2% (19th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $3.2 million (7th lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $86 (10th lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 29% (8th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 14.0% (8th lowest)

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3. New York
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 58.2% (3rd highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $807.6 million (3rd highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $1,705 (3rd highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 36% (25th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 22.0% (15th highest)

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2. Vermont
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 56.6% (5th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $20.7 million (16th lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $1,546 (4th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 45% (3rd highest)
> Child poverty rate: 13.0% (7th lowest)

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1. New Jersey
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 64.1% (2nd highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $655.5 million (4th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $3,031 (the highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 43% (4th highest)
> Child poverty rate: 16.0% (17th lowest)