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Work still to be done for Ohio’s early childhood education, study shows

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Access to early intervention and early childhood special education are “far from uniform” in Ohio and the nation, according to a national study.

The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers Graduate School for Education conducted a state-by-state comparison of services “critical to improve learning and development” for children with special needs aged 3 to 5.

The study found that Ohio only served 2.6% of children eligible for early intervention and early childhood special education, and children of color are less likely to receive the services than white children.

“The disparities are largest for Black children and cannot plausibly be explained by need,” the NIEER wrote.

Ohio participation is lower than the national rate, which stands at 3.7%, according to the study. Massachusetts had the highest usage rate at 10%, with Arkansas and Hawaii scoring the lowest at 1%.

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