Early Childhood - Pre-KState pre-kindergarten programs (also called state pre-K) provide state-funded, classroom-based educational services to young children, typically four-year-old children, although some states also enroll three-year-old children. This brief outlines the impacts of state pre-k programs on children and families.

This research brief is one in a series of research briefs on the impacts of early childhood programs published by First Focus and the Brookings Center on Children and Families. The full series includes briefs on State Pre-K, Head Start, Early Head Start, Model Early Childhood Programs, and Nurse Home Visiting.