Quality Early Learning

The percent of Arizona 3 and 4-year old children that are in high-quality preschool settings.


  • First Things First, 2016-17
  • Arizona Department of Education, 2016-17
  • Arizona Department of Economic Security, 2016-17
  • 2016 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 1-year estimates Table B09001

Included in this number

Children age three or four years who are enrolled in a preschool that meets at least one of these conditions:

  • Quality First program with 3, 4, or 5-star rating
  • Head Start programs
  • Programs participating in the Preschool Development Grant
  • National accreditation from one of the following organizations:
    • National Association for the Education of Young Children
    • American Montessori Society
    • Association for Christian Schools International
    • National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs
    • National Early Childhood Program Accreditation

Not included in this number

Those outside the age range and those not in preschools not meeting the above criteria.

In Brief

Morrison Institute for Public Policy has not directly reviewed this data.

Detailed Methodology

Morrison Institute for Public Policy has not directly reviewed this data.
Read on Arizona pulled from a data request from the data sources. These data sources for enrollment of preschool were identified and confirmed to use a high standard of enrollment verification and common definition of enrollment.  The final data set was reviewed for duplicate counts by Data Integration Task Force and data sharing partners.

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