Policy Analysis | October 2014

Pre-K Quality Standards in the South

As the evidence builds for the benefits of early childhood education, states are struggling to expand opportunities for 4-year-olds to participate in high quality programs. Program design, participation, and funding remain areas of consideration and concern for state policymakers. Further, the development of appropriate educational standards remains a top priority for Southern lawmakers.

2012-13 SLC Member State Pre-K Quality Standards
State and/or Program Comprehensive early learning standards Teacher has BA Specialized training in pre-K Assistant teacher has CDA or equivalent At least 15 hrs/yr in-service Class size 20 or lower Staff- child ratio 1:10 or bett Vision, hearing, health, and one support service At least one meal Site visits
Alabama X X X X X X X X X X
Arkansas X X X X X X X X X
Florida X X X
Georgia X X X X X X X X
Kentucky X X X X X X X X X
Louisiana 8(g) X X X X X X X
Louisiana LA4 X X X X X X X X
Louisiana NSECD X X X X X X X X X X
Mississippi
Missouri X X X X X X X
North Carolina X X X X X X X X X X
Oklahoma X X X X X X X X X
South Carolina 4K X X X X X X
South Carolina CDEPP X X X X X X X
Tennessee X X X X X X X X X
Texas X X
Virginia X X X X X X
West Virginia X X X X X X X X

Source: Barnett, W.S., Carolan, M.E., Squires, J.H., Clarke Brown, K. (2013). The state of preschool 2013: State preschool yearbook. New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.