Discrepancies between the amounts budgeted for early education and the funds that are actually available mean Illinois and Missouri are both working with less funding in 2015 then they had planned on.
The Obama administration's budget request for fiscal 2016 includes a number of initiatives aimed at families and children up to age 5.
The past few weeks have seen an uptick in preschool activists making themselves known in some states that have typically had small (or no) state preschool programs.
If a measure currently before the state's legislature passes, Mississippi will become the 16th state to require that children attend kindergarten.
The school system's early-childhood office requested research on preschool attendance, and found many of its most needy children are missing a substantial part of the school year.
A study of 10,433 California babies born with a very low birth weight in 2010-11 found that many were not referred to a free statewide program that provides follow-up care.
Preschool programs focused on treating children who have suffered from trauma continue to spring up across the country with the aim of preparing the most fragile young learners for kindergarten and beyond.
The 50-year-old program was last reauthorized in 2007, and committee members say they would like to see new regulations aimed at reducing unnecessary rules and boosting local innovation, among other issues.
President Barack Obama mentioned the phrase "child care" eight times in his State of the Union Address last night, according to a Wall Street Journal count. That's more often than he said the words "terrorist," "middle class" or "opportunity.
Nationwide, Hispanic children have low preschool participation rates but a new Quality Counts 2015 follow-up analysis finds that enrollment varies considerably by state.