High-Quality Early Childhood
Education Makes the Difference.

Preparing Children for Success

High-quality early childhood education, whether in a home setting or a formal center, provides Arizona children the opportunity to succeed. It’s why hundreds of Arizona business, education and community leaders and organizations include quality early learning as an integral part of the Arizona Education Progress Meter.

Goal 45%

Quality Early Learning

Percent of Arizona three- and four-year-old children who are in quality early learning settings

Goal 72%

Third Grade Reading

Percent of Arizona third grade students who scored Proficient or Highly Proficient on the AzMERIT third grade English language arts assessment

Goal 69%

Eighth Grade Math

Percent of Arizona eighth grade students who are prepared to be successful in high school math

Goal 90%

High School Graduation Rate

Percent of Arizona high school students graduating in four years

Goal 7%

Opportunity Youth

Percent of 16 to 24-year-olds in Arizona who are NOT going to school or working

Goal 70%

Post-High School Enrollment

Percent of Arizona high school graduates who enrolled in postsecondary education the semester after graduating from high school

Goal 60%


Percent of Arizona residents 25 to 64 years of age who have completed two- or four-year degree or received a postsecondary certificate

Source: Expect More Arizona

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