Oregon's public preschools are the second most expensive in the nation, at a cost of more than $8,500 per child for a half-day program.
Partly because of the high costs, the state has to limit the number of children who take part to about 7,200, or about 7 percent of all 3- and 4-year-olds in the state.
The state's new early learning director, Jada Rupley, says Oregon chose to offer a proven, high-quality program modeled after Head Start to the neediest 3- and 4-year-olds in the state, and says that decision, made more than 20 years ago, was the right one. No other state models all its preschool programs after Head Start.
Read more at OregonLive.com.