Personal finance website WalletHub has released a list of States with the Best & Worst Early Education Systems in 2022, and it does not offer a flattering view of Indiana. The Hoosier State comes in at number 51 among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
WalletHub compared the 50 states and DC across 12 key metrics. It examined the share of school districts that offer a state pre-K program to number of pre-K quality benchmarks met and total reported spending per child enrolled in pre-K.
Among some of the findings, Indiana ranks:
• 48th – Share of 3- and 4-year-olds Enrolled in pre-K, pre-K Special Education and Head Start
• 46th – Total Reported Spending per Child Enrolled in Preschool
• 42nd – Pre-K Program Growth
“One estimate shows that every dollar invested in early education programs for disadvantaged families may generate $7.30 in economic benefits due to its impact on helping children grow up to be healthier, higher-earning adults,” said WalletHub. “Those who attend pre-K programs have been shown to have less risk of future crime than those who do not.”
Click here to view the full list.