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The state of preschool 2020: State preschool yearbook

The 18th edition of The State of Preschool, the National Institute for Early Education Research’s (NIEER) report on our annual survey of state preschool policies, includes information for every state on child enrollment, funding, staffing, and quality standards. It also includes information about where children are served, preschool program operating schedules, and other program features. The main survey focused on the 2019-2020 school year, the one that was interrupted in the Spring 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, data in this report largely reflect a pre-COVID-19 preschool landscape. Our special report this year adds to this a more updated picture that highlights the substantial impacts the pandemic has had on state-funded preschool enrollment, funding, and quality standards. This information can help policymakers plan for rebounding preschool from the negative impacts of the pandemic to support both future cohorts of preschoolers and the children who missed out on preschool learning opportunities in the last year. (author abstract)
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