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Universal Pre-K

West Virginia passed legislation in 2002 requiring the state to expand access to preschool education programs, in order to make prekindergarten available to all 4-year-olds in the state by the 2012-2013 school year. The state has been successful in increasing the number of 4-year-olds served annually and offers preschool education programs in all school districts.

West Virginia's preschool program, called West Virginia Universal Pre-K, is working with all 55 counties to ensure there is a sufficient number of classrooms and that these classrooms meet the state's quality standards by 2012-13. West Virginia requires that a minimum of half of the programs operate in collaborative settings with private prekindergarten, child care centers, or Head Start programs in order to facilitate expansion of the program.