West Virginia Pre-K Enrollment

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email

Here's some good news for West Virginia schools.

The Mountain State is becoming a model when it comes to preschool programs.

West Virginia ranks sixth in the nation for pre-kindergarten enrollments among 4-year-olds and eighth among 3-year-olds.

That data comes from the National Institute For Early Education Research.

They say 62 percent of 4-year-olds and 9 percent of 3-year-olds are enrolled in preschool.

"This is exciting news. West Virginia is one of the first states to offer universal pre-k throughout our state which basically afforded every 4-year-old the opportunity to attend pre-kindergarten," says Joseph Oliverio, with Wood County Schools.

While we're seeing good news locally, nationwide the recession hit preschool hard.

Two years ago, more than half of programs across the country cut a portion of preschool funding.

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