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“Like most of the country, Maine lacks a comprehensive early childhood education system, and we need to do something about it.”

“The first problem to tackle is access. Public preschool programs are available in just 64 percent of Maine school districts, and only about a third of 4-year-olds in Maine are enrolled. When private preschool is included, participation rises to 42 percent for 3- and 4-year-olds, but that’s behind the New England rate of 56 percent. For children from families who make less than 200 percent of the poverty level, or about $40,320 a year for a family of three, participation is even lower, and the prohibitive cost of private programs is a big factor.”

“Maine Voices: Prioritizing early childhood education would pay off for children, Maine,” by State Representative Teresa Pierce, The Portland Press Herald, June 20, 2016

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