Maryland Has the 3rd Best Early Education System in America, According to Study

by MCS Staff

With pre-K enrollment dropping by nearly 300,000 students last year, which hurt educational progress and increased inequality, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s States with the Best & Worst Early Education Systems. Maryland came in at 3rd on the list, behind only Arkansas and Nebraska.

In order to determine the best early education systems in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics. The data set ranges from 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.

Quality of Early Education in Maryland (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 30th – Share of 3- and 4-year-olds Enrolled in pre-K, pre-K Special Education and Head Start
  • 10th – Income Requirement for State Pre-K Eligibility
  • 5th – Total Reported Spending per Child Enrolled in Preschool
  • 10th – Total State Head Start Program Spending per Child Enrolled in Preschool
  • 20th – Monthly Child Care Co-Payment Fees as a Percent of Family Income

For the full report, please visit:


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