Rhode Island’s new state-funded preschool program is expensive, but it may be high quality. That’s according to a new study from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.
The study finds Rhode Island is one of several states investing more money in preschool. The program serves only a tiny percentage of the state’s 4-year-olds, putting Rhode Island near the bottom for access. But the study praises the relatively new effort as one of just five that meet a series of quality standards. It’s also one of the most expensive. Rhode Island spends roughly $8,300 for every student in preschool. That’s less than Connecticut but more than twice the cost in Massachusetts and Vermont. There is no state-funded preschool in New Hampshire.
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