Statistics on children, youth and families in Maine from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Maine Children's Alliance
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Why This Indicator Matters
What the data shows
Enrollment in public pre-school had been increasing and was 6,187 students as of October 2019. But, due to the pandemic fewer students enrolled in public pre-school the following fall. In October 2020, there were just 4,746 public preschool students, statewide, a drop of 23%. It took 3 years to recover, but as of October 2022, there were 6,269 students in public preschool, more than in 2019.
There is notable variation by county. The highest rate of public preschool enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is in Aroostook County at 83.4%m up from 77.8% in 2021-2022, bit still down from Washington County at 75.4%. In 2022-2023 school year, three counties had rates below 30%- Cumberland (27.3%), Sagadahoc (28.8%) and Waldo, (29.6%).
National data is for three and four-year olds (40% enrolled in public preschool in 2020 and Maine's program is only for four-year-olds, so there is no comparable data. See National Education Statistics students age 3 and 4
Definition and Source
Previous data for 2015-2016 was revised to include the sum of PK and PR which are two different types of public preschool programs. Data from 2020 and later from the Maine Department of Education has no separate breakout between Pre-Kindergarten and Preschool.
Updated February 2023.
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