States With the Best and Worst Early Education

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35. South Carolina
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 46.9% (21st highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $78.1 million (24th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $671 (25th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 33% (16th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 24.0% (9th highest)

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34. Nebraska
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 41.5% (11th lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $24.9 million (18th lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $473 (20th lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 40% (9th highest)
> Child poverty rate: 17.0% (20th lowest)

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33. Massachusetts
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 58.0% (4th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $26.7 million (19th lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $176 (13th lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 50% (the highest)
> Child poverty rate: 15.0% (14th lowest)

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32. Oregon
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 44.1% (22nd lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $72.6 million (25th lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $750 (23rd highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 34% (18th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 20.0% (22nd highest)

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31. Missouri
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 45.2% (25th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $17.2 million (15th lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $113 (12th lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 36% (25th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 20.0% (22nd highest)