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Preschool for All in Maryland Report and Recommendations by the Task Force on Universal Preschool Education. August 2008. Prekindergarten. 27,300 preK students  30% over 2002 35% of all 4-year-olds 33% of Maryland 4-year-olds live in low-income households 24% : Full-day preK

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Preschool for All in MarylandReport and Recommendations by the Task Force on Universal Preschool Education

August 2008


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Prekindergarten

  • 27,300 preK students

    •  30% over 2002

  • 35% of all 4-year-olds

    • 33% of Maryland 4-year-olds live in low-income households

  • 24%: Full-day preK

    • 76%: Half-day preK




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MSA: 3rd-grade Reading

20-point gap

34-point gap


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MSA: 3rd-grade Math

22-point gap

32-point gap


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Task Force Representation

  • Provider Groups

  • Local School Systems

  • Maryland Association of Boards of Education

  • Higher Education

  • Chamber of Commerce

  • Parents


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Task Force Recommendations

  • Expand prekindergarten to provide access to all four-year olds regardless of income.

  • Provide preK access in diverse early childhood settings.

  • Maintain current preK standards.

  • Improve the workforce in early childhood education.


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Next Steps

  • Established work group to develop a statewide business plan

  • Submit business plan to State Board

  • Established six pilot sites


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