States With the Best and Worst Early Education

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50. Idaho
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 30.6% (the lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $0 (the lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $0 (the lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 36% (25th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 18.0% (22nd lowest)

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49. North Dakota
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 31.1% (2nd lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $0 (the lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $0 (the lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 37% (21st highest)
> Child poverty rate: 12.0% (2nd lowest)

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48. Kentucky
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 41.7% (13th lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $90.1 million (21st highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $808 (20th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 40% (9th highest)
> Child poverty rate: 26.0% (6th highest)

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47. Montana
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 42.5% (16th lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $0 (the lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $0 (the lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 37% (21st highest)
> Child poverty rate: 19.0% (24th highest)

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46. Nevada
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 36.7% (4th lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $3.3 million (8th lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $43 (7th lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 29% (8th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 21.0% (18th highest)