High-quality, Accessible Pre-Kindergarten
Done right, all children benefit from early childhood education, regardless of family income or zip code. High-quality pre-k improves children’s school readiness and success: they enter school better prepared and are less likely to repeat a grade or be referred to special education. Long-term benefits include higher high-school graduation rates, lower rates of crime and teen pregnancy, higher lifetime earnings, and better health outcomes.
CityHealth’s assessment of pre-k quality is based on the National Institute of Early Education Research’s 10 research-based quality standards benchmarks, along with an assessment of the level of enrollment in the city’s largest pre-k program. These benchmarks are consistent with what research suggests as minimums for highly effective programs.
Data are based on assessments as of September 30, 2020. For details on quality benchmarks and how data were collected, please download the research protocol at the bottom of this page.
*Out of the Nation’s 40 Largest Cities
The state of high-quality pre-k in big US cities
Thirty-three out of 40 cities received a medal for high-quality pre-k, including 15 gold, three silver, and 15 bronze.
Measuring big cities’ high-quality pre-k programs by Quality and Enrollment
|How did we award high-quality pre-k medals?||Bronze Medal||Silver Medal||Gold Medal|
|Meets 8 out 10 quality benchmarks for a Pre-K program (For detailed breakdown, please see the Data Deep Dive section below)|
|Over 30% of children enrolled in Pre-K programs|
Data Deep Dive
Data were created and maintained by the Center for Public Health Law Research and the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER).