Arkansas is leading the way in expanding early childhood education through state investments. From 2012 to 2013, the state created more than 1,000 additional preschool slots for 3-year-olds. Today, 33 percent of 4-year-olds and 14 percent of 3-year-olds are enrolled in a state pre-kindergarten program. The state also has approximately 2,271 children under the age of three enrolled in Early Head Start. Additionally, the average annual cost of center-based infant care in the state is $5,894. But, advocates and state leaders understand that more can be done to give the most disadvantaged children in the state a strong start in life by expanding access to high-quality early learning programs.