States With the Best and Worst Early Education

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30. New Hampshire
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 50.5% (11th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $0 (the lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $0 (the lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 46% (2nd highest)
> Child poverty rate: 11.0% (the lowest)

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29. Kansas
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 44.4% (24th lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $38.9 million (20th lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $491 (21st lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 35% (21st lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 17.0% (20th lowest)

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28. Minnesota
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 45.8% (23rd highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $118.7 million (14th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $816 (18th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 39% (15th highest)
> Child poverty rate: 13.0% (7th lowest)

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27. Colorado
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 51.4% (8th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $109.4 million (16th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $814 (19th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 39% (15th highest)
> Child poverty rate: 15.0% (14th lowest)

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26. Florida
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 50.9% (10th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $395.2 million (5th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $880 (16th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 39% (15th highest)
> Child poverty rate: 23.0% (12th highest)