Arkansas` state-run preschool programs scored very well in a national survey for quality, but lagged in access for children and funding. The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University performed the review. It said Arkansas`s state-funded quality standards are the best in the country because it scored high marks on all ten testing criteria. Two other states met nine of the ten criteria. At the same time, only six percent of Arkansas` Four-year-olds are in preschool and state funding has been limited to 2900 dollars per child. Arkansas legislators have already laid the foundation to improve in those areas, though. In February, they passed additional funding that would nearly double the per-child expenditure to 4300 dollars while adding seven thousand new students to the enrollment.