States With the Best and Worst Early Education

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15. Louisiana
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 52.5% (7th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $93.8 million (19th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $796 (21st highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 29% (8th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 28.0% (3rd highest)

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14. Wisconsin
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 45.8% (23rd highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $190.8 million (10th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $1,443 (5th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 37% (21st highest)
> Child poverty rate: 16.0% (17th lowest)

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13. Oklahoma
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 43.9% (21st lowest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $141.4 million (12th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $1,329 (9th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 33% (16th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 22.0% (15th highest)

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12. California
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 48.7% (16th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $1124.3 million (the highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $1,096 (12th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 28% (3rd lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 21.0% (18th highest)

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11. Georgia
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds enrolled in pre-K: 49.6% (15th highest)
> Total annual pre-K spending: $357.8 million (7th highest)
> Pre-K spending per 3-4 yr. old: $1,340 (8th highest)
> 4th graders proficient in reading: 34% (18th lowest)
> Child poverty rate: 24.0% (9th highest)