kin·​der·​gar·​ten | \ ˈkin-dər-ˌgär-tᵊn How to pronounce kindergarten (audio) , ˈkin-də-, -dᵊn\

Definition of kindergarten

: a school or class for children usually from four to six years old

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The contest was open to students from kindergarten to 12th grade who reside within the water district’s area of La Crescenta-Montrose, La Cañada Flintridge and Altadena. Andrew J. Campa,, "‘Water is Life’ art contest draws winners from Monte Vista Elementary, Rosemont Middle schools," 14 June 2019 Under the new law, schools will also be allowed to offer firearm-safety programs to children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "Ethan’s Law in Connecticut Tightens Gun-Storage Requirements," 13 June 2019 The program is open to any child from kindergarten to fifth grade. Rachel Berry,, "Books and Barbers program seeks to provide mentors for children," 7 June 2019 Once a month, the church opens its facilities to the Howard County Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and offers Our Whole Lives, a sexuality education curriculum for those ranging from kindergarten to older adult. Allana Haynes,, "Howard County churches open doors as 'welcoming,' LGBTQ-friendly congregations," 5 June 2019 The bill also expands the age range for firearm safety programs to extend from kindergarten through grade 12, rather than grade eight. Shannon Larson,, "Gov. Lamont signs three gun control bills, including Ethan’s Law," 3 June 2019 But the youngest Americans, from kindergarten through senior year, who cannot buy a gun themselves except, maybe, in their last few months in school, are bearing an enormous, incalculable weight of trauma. Vogue, "The Year in School Shootings," 2 June 2019 Philadelphia’s tax is funding an array of community and education initiatives, including universal pre-kindergarten classes and new community schools. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Coca-Cola and Pepsi’s deceptive tactic to stop soda taxes worked in Washington state," 7 Nov. 2018 Tori, on the other hand, left her job as kindergarten teacher before giving birth to Jackson and has since returned. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Zach Roloff's Net Worth? Here's What the 'Little People, Big World' Star Does for a Living," 2 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of kindergarten

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kindergarten

German, from Kinder children + Garten garden

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English Language Learners Definition of kindergarten

: a school or class for very young children


kin·​der·​gar·​ten | \ ˈkin-dər-ˌgär-tᵊn How to pronounce kindergarten (audio) \

Kids Definition of kindergarten

: a school or a class for very young children

Other Words from kindergarten

kindergartner \ -​ˌgärt-​nər \ noun

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