ELK MOUND, Wis. (WEAU) A new report shows nation-wide 4,000 fewer children went to state Pre-K programs last year.
That's according to the National Institute for Early Education.
Here's what makes these findings surprising: the number of children enrolled in preschool was growing steadily for a dozen years before that.
District Administor for Elk Mound, Ron Walsh says currently the Elk Mound Preschool Program hasn't seen a decline yet and he hopes it doesn't given the benefits of preschool.
"I think it provides an opportunity for kids to get out and to become, learn, or to gain some social and emotional growth that they may not get just from being at home. Sometimes it's the first opportunity for kids to get away from home and those opportunities provide enrichment that those kids need to get that little boost to get ready for kindergarten," explains Walsh.
The results of the study come just as President Obama has proposed a dramatic expansion of early childhood education, starting at birth.