Alabama among 2 states to meet all benchmarks for pre-K enrollment

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alabama is one of two states that met all 10
benchmarks of a study on educating the nation's youngest

Researchers at the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University ranked states on the quality of their pre-kindergarten programs.

The benchmarks included issues such as class size, teacher-to-child ratios and whether the teacher has a bachelor's degree

North Carolina was the other state to meet all 10 benchmarks.

According to the report, 9 states met nine of the 10 standards.

Researchers say the recession could mean states will cut back on funding such programs.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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