Updated: 12:14 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | Posted: 8:52 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012
By Jill Kelley
States and benchmarks
The 10 state policy benchmarks listed by the National Institute for Early
Education Research are:
- Early learning standards
- Teacher degree
- Teacher specialized training
- Assistant teacher degree
- Teacher in-service hours
- Average class size
- Average staff-to-child ratio
- Health screening/referral and support services
- Daily meals and site visits
- Ohio’s policy achieved the fewest quality standards of the 39
states with state-funded prekindergarten programs, hitting two of 10.
- Two states earned three of 10 indicators: California and Florida.
- Five states earned perfect 10s for their policies: Alabama, Alaska,
Georgia, North Carolina and Rhode Island.
- Ohio’s neighbors varied, with Kentucky meeting nine standards,
Michigan meeting seven, Pennsylvania at 5.2, and Indiana not having a
Source: National Instituted for Early Education Research