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Pre-kindergarten programs struggle for funding

State funding for pre-kindergarten programs had its largest drop ever last year, and states are now spending less per child than they did a decade ago, according to a new report. The Associated Press says that researchers with the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University also concluded that more than a half million of those preschool students are in programs that don't meet standards suggested by industry experts. And 10 states don't offer any dollars to pay for prekindergarten classrooms.

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