PORTLAND -- An annual report shows Oregon enrolls relatively few children in state-funded prekindergarten classes but spends more money per student than almost every other state.

The rankings from the National Institute for Early Education Research are almost identical to the ones Oregon has received in previous years.

Of the 40 states with preschool programs, Oregon ranked 30th in enrollment, with 7,200 children from low-income homes attending.

Oregon spends $8,500 per student. Though second-highest in the nation, it's less than what the state was spending a decade ago. In today's dollars, for example, Oregon spent a little more than $10,000 per student in 2004.

Besides figures on spending and enrollment, the report includes a checklist of quality standards. Oregon met eight of the 10 targets, a total reached by half the states.

Read or Share this story: