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Baby Steps: Preschool Enrollment Trends by State

Most states have made incremental progress in enrolling more 3- and 4-year-olds in preschool education programs, but wide racial and socioeconomic gaps remain, according to the latest Kids Count analysis by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. For example, while 52 percent of Asian-American 3- and 4-year-olds attended preschool nationwide in 2012, 63 percent of Hispanic students, 59 percent of Native American students, and 51 percent of black and white students did not.

You can track each state's progress in the chart below by selecting it in the menu and pressing "play." The size of each circle represents the number of students ages 3 and 4 left out of preschool, while the color of each state shows the percentage of students not enrolled.

SOURCE: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Education Week

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