63 Percent of Oklahoma Kids Not Enrolled in Pre-K

Nov 4, 2013

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A new study says nearly two-thirds of Oklahoma's kids from low-income families did not attend a preschool program from 2009 through 2011.

The Kids Count report is being released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation that advocates for investing in the early years of a child's life.

The report also found that more than half of Oklahoma's kids from birth to eight years old were living in low-income households last year.

The 20-page report underscores Oklahoma's recent troubles in dealing with early childhood issues. In June, the foundation ranked the state 36th in the nation for child well-being based on finances, education, health and family and community issues.

The foundation says attending a high-quality preschool program can significantly contribute to the healthy development of young children, especially those in lower-income homes.