Universal pre-kindergarten harder than politicians expected

08/24/2008 | NYTimes.com

More than a decade after New York leaders pledged to offer universal access to preschool to all of the state's four-year-olds, only 38% of N.Y. children in this age group attended last year. State funding covers only a fraction of the local expenses associated with providing the service, some district leaders say. Pre-K supporters tout the value of helping these children develop emotionally, socially and cognitively.

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