Idaho ranks last in Pre-K participation

Posted at 6:43 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 20:43:17-04

Discouraging news from a recent report as Idaho ranks last in the country for children participating in early learning programs. That's according to the new "Kids Count" study released on Wednesday. The report says that 68 percent of Idaho's three and four-year-olds are not attending pre-k education programs. That number grows to 83 percent for Hispanic children. 

Idaho is one of only six states which don't fund early learning. 

"In Idaho, we are missing an opportunity to invest in strategies that we know help strengthen Idaho's economy and improve outcome for children later in life," said Christine Tiddens with Idaho Voices for Children. "We're lagging behind the rest of the nation and we need to do something."

On a brighter note, the study ranks Idaho 21st nationally in overall child well-being. Highlights include a lower percentage of children living in poverty and a significant drop in teen birth rates.