Report: Arizona Failing to Support Preschool Education

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Arizona has “shut the door” on preschool programs by making funding cuts that leave a bleak educational future for the state’s children, according to a report released Tuesday.

The report by the National Institute for Early Education Research said Arizona in 2010 eliminated the Early Childhood Block Grants that were used to provide accredited preschool education programs for children of low–income families. “The State of Preschool Yearbook 2011" also said that Arizona no longer has a program specifically funding early childhood education that can be measured in the institute’s survey.

“This is particularly disturbing given that Arizona has a large population of Hispanic children who would benefit a great deal from preschool education,” institute Director Steve Barnett said in a statement.

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