- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A study conducted by Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research ranked Rhode Island 41st out of 43 states for the number of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-kindergarten.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/27ioQxL ) the study, released Thursday, also determined the state ranks among the highest in the country for the quality of its programs.

The New Jersey university’s “State of Preschool Report” judged state-funded preschool programs on class size, student-to-teacher ratio, length of instruction and other standards. Rhode Island was one of seven states to meet all of the institute’s standards.

Deputy Education Commissioner Mary Ann Snider said the study doesn’t account for the “rapid expansion” of pre-kindergarten access to needy areas.

The state recently received $19 million from the federal government for efforts to boost preschool enrollment.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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