Gambling is playing a game of chance for money or other stakes. States have designated funds from gambling opportunities for early childhood:
- Missouri uses a portion of riverboat gambling fees to fund early care and education services. Missouri considers these fees levied on gamblers and not gambling proceeds.
- Maryland collects gambling fees that go into the Maryland Education Trust Fund. These funds are used to support prekindergarten programs as well as K–12 systems.
 Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. (n.d.). Where the money goes [Web page]. Retrieved from https://www.mdgaming.com/marylands-casinos/revenue-reports/where-the-money-goes/.