Local Preschools Making the Grade

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

The National Preschool report card is out, and shows how Colorado stacks up against other states.

The national institute of early education research, or NIEER released the "State of Preschool 2008 Report" on Tuesday.

The report shows a significant jump in both enrollment and spending nationwide.

And now, within the state, more than 13,000 students are enrolled in preschool programs.

The national report graded Colorado with a six out of ten possible points for quality standards.

But, local school officials say Mesa County exceeds most of the 'minimums' noted in the report.

And a place where Colorado ranks among the best is class sizes and staffing.

With a low sixteen student maximum, the child–to–staff ratio is just eight–to–one, one of the best in the country.

Colorado is also near the top for the number of comprehensive screenings it offers for children, including health, developmental, vision, hearing, and sometimes dental.

You can find the full report by going to nieer.org .

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