Annual State Pre-K Reports: State Preschool Yearbooks

The State Preschool Yearbook is an annual publication which has tracked the funding, access, and policies of state-funded preschool programs since the 2001-2002 school year. The Yearbook seeks to improve the public's knowledge and understanding of state efforts to expand the availability of high-quality education to young children in the 21st century. We hope that this report will serve as a resource for policymakers, advocates, and researchers to make more informed decisions as state-funded preschool education moves forward to another decade of progress.


2011 State Preschool Yearbook

The 2011 Yearbook examines the 2010-2011 school year as well as documenting a decade of progress since the first Yearbook collected data on the 2001-2002 school year. Twenty-eight percent of America’s 4-year-olds were enrolled in a state-funded preschool program in the 2010-2011 school year even as per child funding was cut, stressing the importance of ensuring quality in existing programs and expanding access to all children.

2010 State Preschool Yearbook

In the 2009-2010 school year, the effects of the recession became fully apparent despite federal government aid to the states for education. Total enrollment barely increased over the prior year.  Total spending by the states decreased, and per-child spending declined in inflation-adjusted dollars.

2009 State Preschool Yearbook

The annual survey of state-funded preschool programs shows a slow down in progress in all three key dimensions- enrollment, quality standards and resources. This is a reflection of the impact of the recession, which not only has detrimental effects on young children, but also hinders early education opportunities that may buffer these negative effects. 

2008 State Preschool Yearbook

The annual survey of state-funded preschool programs shows impressive expansion in enrollment and spending. However, the recession may reverse the trend, curtailing early education opportunities for children in lower and middle-income families. 

2007 State Preschool Yearbook

State-funded preschool sees a rise in per-child funding, expands access, and continues the march toward higher quality standards. Yet 12 states still provide no state preschool for their children. 

2006 State Preschool Yearbook

State-funded preschool education continues to expand but many states lack a commitment to stable funding. 

2005 State Preschool Yearbook

The annual report on state preschool initiatives shows that state-funded programs increased enrollment but state spending per child is down. 

2004 State Preschool Yearbook

50-state survey shows that high-quality preschool is the exception, not the rule. 

2003 State Preschool Yearbook

Ground-breaking study of preschool programs across the country