LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada has slipped behind in the amount of money it dedicates toward pre-kindergarten programs, and also ranks toward the bottom in national rankings of how many students are enrolled in those programs.
A report released Monday by the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University showed Nevada ranked 34th in the nation for state spending on Pre-K. That's down from 20th place a decade ago.
The report shows 1 percent of Nevada's 3-year-olds are enrolled in the state-funded Pre-K program, while 3 percent of 4-year-olds are enrolled.
Nevada spent about $2,600 per student on the programs in 2012.
Study authors say Pre-K plays an important role in preparing children for future success, and argue America will pay the price down the road if it doesn't invest in programs.
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