Early childhood education programs are more segregated than K-12 classrooms nationwide, according to a new study by researchers at the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research organization focused on public policy. Researchers found that early childhood programs overall are 20 percent more segregated than high schools. Compared to kindergarten and 1st grade, researchers found that early childhood programs are twice as likely to be serving 90 to 100 percent black or Latino children. They included private and public programs that serve at least five children who are between 0 and 5 years old.