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Policy Analysis | September 12, 2013

How many children are enrolled in preschool in the SLC member states?

State Prekindergarten Enrollment in the SLC Member States

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State/Region Percent of 4-year-olds enrolled in state prekindergarten Percent of 3-year-olds enrolled in state prekindergarten Percent total (3s and 4s) enrolled in state prekindergarten Number of 4-year-olds enrolled in state prekindergarten Number of 3-year-olds enrolled in state prekindergarten Total number (3s and 4s) enrolled in state prekindergarten State 3-year-olds population State 4-year-olds population Total State 3- and 4-year-olds population
Alabama 6.3% 0.0% 3.1% 3,906 0 3,906 62,324 61,972 124,296
Arkansas 37.4% 11.2% 24.4% 15,284 4,484 19,768 40,214 40,820 81,034
Florida 79.4% 0.0% 39.8% 175,122 0 175,122 219,641 220,517 440,158
Georgia 58.7% 0.0% 29.4% 82,868 0 82,868 140,311 141,095 281,406
Kentucky 30.4% 6.4% 18.4% 17,477 3,683 21,160 57,261 57,449 114,710
Louisiana 31.6% 0.0% 15.8% 20,421 0 20,421 64,485 64,684 129,169
Mississippi 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0 0 0 43,430 44,027 87,457
Missouri 3.9% 1.3% 2.6% 3,058 1,045 4,103 78,660 78,701 157,361
North Carolina 19.2% 0.0% 9.6% 24,836 0 24,836 128,611 129,290 257,901
Oklahoma 74.1% 0.0% 37.2% 40,089 0 40,089 53,707 54,112 107,819
South Carolina 42.6% 4.1% 23.5% 26,610 2,511 29,121 61,318 62,423 123,741
Tennessee 21.6% 0.7% 11.1% 17,893 601 18,494 83,373 82,905 166,278
Texas 51.4% 5.5% 28.5% 203,143 21,505 224,648 394,500 395,023 789,523
Virginia 16.0% 0.0% 8.0% 16,618 0 16,618 104,213 103,683 207,896
West Virginia 60.9% 8.9% 34.7% 12,833 1,907 14,740 21,348 21,072 42,420
SLC Total 42.5% 2.3% 22.4% 660,158 35,736 695,894 1,553,396 1,557,773 3,111,169
U.S. Total * 28.0% 4.2% 16.1% 1,151,653 171,323 1,322,976 4,095,427 4,116,054 8,211,481

* = excludes Washington, D.C.

Source: Barnett, W.S., Carolan, M.E., Fitzgerald, J., & Squires, J.H. (2012). The state of state prekindergarten 2012: State state prekindergarten yearbook. New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.