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The U.S. and Early Education Opportunities - 12/7/15

There are school districts around the nation that are striving to offer more early education opportunities, including pre-kindergarten.  A report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development indicates that sixty-six percent of American four year olds are enrolled in early childhood education.  That places the United States well below the developed nation average. 

The report indicates that enrollment levels for American three and four year olds didn’t change much between two thousand and five and two thousand and thirteen.  Enrollment surged, however, in much of the balance of the developed world. 

By twenty thirteen, an average of eighty eight percent of four year olds in surveyed countries were enrolled compared with seventy two percent in two thousand and five.  For three year olds, average enrollment expanded from fifty two percent in two thousand and five to seventy four percent by two thousand and thirteen. 

In America, only forty one percent of three year olds were enrolled in twenty thirteen, which was only a bit above the proportion enrolled ten years ago.  The implication is that America has fallen well behind other advanced nations in the supply of early education opportunities. 

Anirban Basu, Chariman Chief Executive Officer of Sage Policy Group (SPG), is one of the Mid-Atlantic region's leading economic consultants. Prior to founding SPG he was Chairman and CEO of Optimal Solutions Group, a company he co-founded and which continues to operate. Anirban has also served as Director of Applied Economics and Senior Economist for RESI, where he used his extensive knowledge of the Mid-Atlantic region to support numerous clients in their strategic decision-making processes. Clients have included the Maryland Department of Transportation, St. Paul Companies, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Players Committee and the Martin O'Malley mayoral campaign.