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U.S. Lagging Behind in Serving Young Children
June 6, 2018
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“Out of 36 countries, the U.S. ranked 29 in enrollment rates for its 3- and 4-year-olds, according to Education at a Glance 2016, the 500-page report…from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,” wrote Lauren Camera in a 2016 US News and World Report article. 

Camera quotes Andreas Schleicher, director of the OECD's Directorate for Education and Skills as saying, “‘When you look at early childhood education and care, they are quite low by international standards.’

In the U.S., 42 percent of 3-year-olds and 68 percent of 4-year-olds enrolled in early childhood or preschool programs in 2014 – far below the OECD average of 71 percent of 3-year-olds and 86 percent of 4-year-olds.

Moreover, the report shows, the figures for the U.S. are nearly unchanged since 2005, when the enrollment rate was 39 percent for children aged 3 and 68 percent for children aged 4.”

Source: “On Early Ed, the U.S. is Light Years Behind Other Industrialized Countries,” by Lauren Camera, US News and World Report, September 15, 2016. 





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Judy Weinrich · June 07, 2018
King of Kings Lutheran Preschool and KIds' Day Out
Chesterfield, MO, United States


Does anyone know just what the "Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development" does in terms of young children? This title is a bit murky regarding ranking children's attendance across nations.

Sarah Crozier · June 06, 2018
Mi Escuelita
Newberg, OR, United States


I do not think that just because less students are enrolled in "programs" we are legging behind. Many children are at home with parents or competent caregivers. My neighbor does an amazing co-op preschool with 10 other moms. The kids learn a lot and get together 3 times a weeks. They would be in the statistics of the unserved, but they are having an excellent early experience. I have another friend that send her child to a daycare 10+ a day and it is not quality at all.

Arlene DeCicco · June 06, 2018
McKor Shalon Nursery
Cherry Hill, NJ, United States


How sad that enough importance isn't stressed on more money being allocated in the U.S. for early childhood education.



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