States With the Best and Worst Early Education

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20. Mississippi
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 51.3% (9th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $4.0 million (9th lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $56 (8th lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 26% (2nd lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 31.0% (the highest)

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19. Arkansas
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 49.7% (14th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $105.0 million (17th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $1,420 (7th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 32% (13th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 27.0% (4th highest)

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18. Iowa
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 48.5% (17th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $84.0 million (23rd highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $1,050 (13th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 38% (18th highest)
> Child poverty rate: 15.0% (14th lowest)

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17. Alabama
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 42.9% (20th lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $64.5 million (23rd lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $563 (24th lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 29% (8th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 27.0% (4th highest)

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16. Alaska
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 37.2% (5th lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $8.9 million (12th lowest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $433 (19th lowest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 30% (11th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 15.0% (14th lowest)