The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has ranked Oklahoma fourth in the nation in preschool access for 4-year-olds its annual State of Preschool 2015 report.
Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma’s School Superintendent, said, “Oklahoma continues to distinguish itself as a national leader in early childhood education, even while doing more with less. But we have more work to do. A parent is a child’s first, and most important, teacher. While we recognize that a nurturing home is every child’s first classroom, in a state with high poverty, access to early childhood education is crucial to shaping the future trajectory of all learners. We are committed to building on our established foundations in order to further positive outcomes for our youngest generation.”
In 1998, Oklahoma became the second state in the nation to provide free preschool for all 4-year-olds. Today, 99 percent of Oklahoma school districts offer access to the program.