Publicly Funded, High-Quality Pre-K - Number of children enrolled by program and Percent of population age 3-4

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Why This Indicator Matters

We know high-quality pre-k works. Research shows the funding invested in these programs prepares children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and for success in school and in life. Pre-k also strengthens our schools and our commonwealth. It saves taxpayer money in the long term by reducing the need for special education and remedial instruction, increasing the likelihood of graduation and college enrollment, and decreasing dropout rates, crime and incarceration.

High-quality early learning is especially beneficial to children whose educational opportunities are hindered by poverty or other circumstances. When at-risk children benefit from early learning investments like Pre-K Counts, they enter k-12 better prepared and less likely to struggle to keep pace with their peers.

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