States With the Best and Worst Early Education

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25. Pennsylvania
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 45.2% (25th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $196.5 million (9th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $687 (24th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 41% (7th highest)
> Child poverty rate: 19.0% (24th highest)

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24. Maryland
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 50.2% (13th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $122.3 million (13th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $820 (17th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 37% (21st highest)
> Child poverty rate: 13.0% (7th lowest)

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23. Texas
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 42.7% (18th lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $909.2 million (2nd highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $1,128 (11th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 31% (12th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 23.0% (12th highest)

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22. Washington
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 42.0% (14th lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $97.0 million (18th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $519 (22nd lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 40% (9th highest)
> Child poverty rate: 16.0% (17th lowest)

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21. Rhode Island
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 47.7% (20th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $6.0 million (10th lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $260 (15th lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 40% (9th highest)
> Child poverty rate: 19.0% (24th highest)