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Why is Data Important in Early Education?

Why is Data Important in Early Education?

According to a recently released report, data on PreK and Kindergarten enrollment and funding lacks important information.

The report, Counting Kids and Tracking Funds in Pre-K and Kindergarten: Falling Short At the Local Level, examines the insuffiency of data at the local level that reveals information on early education enrollment and federal and state funding.

The absence of basic data directly impacts how early education programs are assessed and measured.

“City leaders, school board members, superintendents, and elementary school principals often have no idea how many 3- and 4-year-old children in their districts’ borders are enrolled in publicly-funded pre-K programs, let alone whether these children are prepared for kindergarten,” wrote authors Lisa Guernsey and Alex Holt. “State policymakers cannot make sound comparisons between districts or shine light on disparities in access in low-income areas.”

To learn more about the report, click HERE.

Read the entire story at Education Week Early Learning Blog.