Pre-K Budget Decisions in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic

ECS: EdNote | Matt Weyer

“Adjusted for inflation, 25 of 39 states spent less per child enrolled in state pre-K during the 2018-19 school year than they did in the 2007-08 school year. This is a potential warning that perhaps even more significant cuts today will take years — even decades — to recover from, with subsequent quality in educational, social and emotional outcomes closely intertwined.”

Each state faces a unique challenge in overcoming budget shortfalls following the COVID-19 pandemic. This blog from Matt Weyer offers five key questions that policymakers should be asking when making major budget decisions that impact early education.

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