Preschool for All in MarylandReport 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 • 76%: Half-day preK
MSA: 3rd-grade Reading 20-point gap 34-point gap
MSA: 3rd-grade Math 22-point gap 32-point gap
Task Force Representation • Provider Groups • Local School Systems • Maryland Association of Boards of Education • Higher Education • Chamber of Commerce • Parents
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.
Next Steps • Established work group to develop a statewide business plan • Submit business plan to State Board • Established six pilot sites