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Policy Analysis | October 1, 2014

What are the Pre-K quality standards of SLC member states?

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

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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
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Louisiana 8(g)
Louisiana LA4
Louisiana NSECD
Mississippi
Missouri
North Carolina
Oklahoma
South Carolina 4K
South Carolina CDEPP
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia

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.