High-quality early childhood education (ECE) is essential to a strong early start in life. However, across the nation, far too few Black and Latino children are served by high-quality state-funded preschool programs. And of the states that provide preschool programs, most are for 4-year-olds only.

Ed Trust has conducted a first-of-its-kind analysis examining race and ethnicity in state-funded preschool programs across the country. We analyzed two aspects of state-funded preschool programs: the percentage of a state’s Black and Latino 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled by quality of the program; and the representation of Black and Latino children in state-funded preschool programs relative to their representation in the state overall.

In the 26 states included in this study, only 1% of Latino 3- and 4-year-olds and 4% of Black 3- and 4-year-olds were enrolled in high-quality state preschool programs. In fact, of the 26 states we analyzed, no state truly provides high quality and high access for Black and Latino 3- and 4-year-olds.

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