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May 14, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Pre-kindergarten programs in Washington at the ‘tipping point’

With all the talk about expanding pre-kindergarten programs nationally and locally, a new report this week came with a surprise.

In the 2012-13 school year, the number of 4-year-olds in state-funded pre-K across the country declined for the first time in at least 10 years, said a group of researchers from Rutgers University, with 9,000 fewer students than the year before.

The drop, they said, was driven by big declines in California and a few other states. In California alone, enrollment dipped by 15,000 students.

In Washington, enrollment stayed about the same  about 8,700 students who are 3 and 4 years old.

But this state is on the cusp of a big increase, said Amy Blondin, spokeswoman for the Department of Early Learning.

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