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Graue speaks with Wisconsin Public Radio about state’s preschool access rating

May 24, 2016

UW-Madison’s Beth Graue earlier this month appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) for a report on Wisconsin’s high ranking nationally for access to free preschool programs.

The WPR segment is headlined: “Wisconsin stands out for preschool access." But a deck headline adds: "State’s hands-off approach could mean uneven program quality.”

Beth Graue
WPR begins by explaining:  “Wisconsin ranks sixth in the country for access to free preschool programs for 4-year-olds, according to the annual State of Preschool report from the National Institute of Early Education Research. The institute found 64 percent of Wisconsin 4-year-olds were enrolled in state-funded preschool in 2015, down from 66 percent in 2014, but still more than double the national average of 29 percent.”

But WPR goes on to point out: “Despite the high participation numbers however, the 4K program hit only five of the institute's 10 quality benchmarks, like class sizes of 20 students or fewer.”

Graue -- a former kindergarten teacher who is the Sorenson Professor of Childhood Studies and chair of the nation’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction --  then helps WPR put this topic in perspective.

To read a WPR news article or to listen to an archive of Graue’s comments on this topic, visit this WPR web page.

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