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Pre-to-3: Spreading awareness of early-childhood education — with Elmo’s help

When the National Institute for Early Education Research releases its annual State of Preschool Yearbook every year, Kansas and Missouri don’t attract a lot of attention. Neither state has increased enrollment of 3- and 4-year-olds in public pre-K programs in recent years.

“There are large gaps in terms of the number of children who are accessing early-childhood services,” Halley French, an education program officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, based in Kansas City, Mo., said in an interview.

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