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      Report: Two-Thirds of Oklahoma Children Not Enrolled in Pre-K

      A new study says nearly two-thirds of Oklahoma's kids from low-income families did not attend a preschool program from 2009-2011.

      The Kids Count report is being released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation that advocates for investing in the early years of a child's life.

      The report also found that more than half of Oklahoma's kids from birth to eight years old were living in low-income households last year.

      The 20-page report underscores Oklahoma's recent troubles in dealing with early childhood issues. In June, the foundation ranked the state 36th in the nation for child well-being based on finances, education, health and family and community issues.

      The foundation says attending a high-quality preschool program can significantly contribute to the healthy development of young children, especially those in lower-income homes.

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