A new report from a Rhode Island nonprofit has found that only 39 percent of children from low-income families and 20 percent of 4-year-olds in the state will be enrolled in Head Start or state-financed pre-kindergarten programs this fall.
The report released Monday by Rhode Island Kids Count says state spending on childcare subsidies falls short of expenditures a decade ago.
The latest budget from Gov. Gina Raimondo includes $3.3 million more for childcare assistance than the previous year.
The pre-K program is serving nearly 600 4-year-olds in high-poverty communities this year.
The nonprofit is recommending more money for pre-K teachers and higher state reimbursement rates to childcare programs to improve access to early-childhood classes and ensure high quality.