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WalletHub: New Jersey has the 9th best early education system in America

NEW JERSEY – New Jersey has the 9th best early education system in America, according to a study done by WalletHub.

With pre-school enrollment dropping by as much as 17% during the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub Wednesday released its report on 2021’s States with the Best & Worst Early Education Systems.

In order to determine the best early education systems in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of school districts that offer a state pre-K program to number of pre-K quality benchmarks met and total reported spending per child enrolled in pre-K.

Quality of Early Education in New Jersey (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 5th – Share of 3- and 4-year-olds Enrolled in pre-K, pre-K Special Education and Head Start
  • 28th – Income Requirement for State Pre-K Eligibility
  • 1st – Total Reported Spending per Child Enrolled in Preschool
  • 13th – Total State Head Start Program Spending per Child Enrolled in Preschool
  • 20th – Monthly Child Care Co-Payment Fees as a Percent of Family Income

Source: WalletHub

Here are the top 5 states with the best early education systems:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Nebraska
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Maryland
  5. Alabama
Here are the top 5 states with the worst early education systems:
  1. Indiana
  2. North Dakota
  3. Missouri
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Minnesota

For the full report, click here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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