Missouri Policy Journal


The well-being and education of three- and four-year-old children living in Kansas and Missouri is examined. The need for quality preschool education and its importance and history are viewed along with the licensing and regulations for preschools and that of preschool teachers. In addition, each state’s funding, state standards, regulations, supporting grants, Head Start programs, parent involvement, and special education services are compared and presented as state-to-state examples of “Laboratories of Democracy.”