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Oklahoma tops nation in early childhood education

Progress can still be made in programs to get young children in Oklahoma ready for kindergarten.

BY MEGAN ROLLAND Modified: April 29, 2012 at 12:54 am •  Published: April 29, 2012

It was 1990 before Oklahoma lawmakers grudgingly joined the rest of the nation and mandated kindergarten for 5-year-olds.

So how has the state — two decades later — become the undisputed leader in early childhood education?

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