kin·​der·​gar·​ten | \ˈkin-dər-ˌgär-tᵊn, ˈkin-də-, -dᵊn\

Definition of kindergarten 

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

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By January 2019, each local board of education will be required to develop policies, outlined in the bill, for addressing the identification of kindergarten through third-grade students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Sex ed, terrorism and revenge porn: New Kentucky laws start Saturday," 13 July 2018 Catherine Lauria, the district’s chief school business official, said the building addition will accommodate the growing early childhood education and full-day kindergarten programs. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Glenview board approves 8-classroom addition to Winkelman School," 3 July 2018 The school system wants the school to have space for 620 students from kindergarten to fifth-grade, according to Kamen. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "New snags in planning for a new, or remodeled, Columbia elementary school," 13 July 2018 Rabbi Larry Shor, who led the funeral service, was a classmate of Fischman's from kindergarten through high school. Michael Kunzelman, Fox News, "Capital staffer remembered as 'smart, beautiful, talented'," 10 July 2018 Rabbi Larry Shor, who led the funeral service, was a classmate of Fischman’s from kindergarten through high school. Michael Kunzelman,, "Newsroom shooting victims remembered Sunday," 9 July 2018 Devices – including cell phones, tablets, laptops and gaming devices – are prohibited for kids from kindergarten through fifth grade. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "This Boys & Girls Club camp picks up where school leaves off," 28 June 2018 Dennison has taught a wide range of students, from gifted and talented group to high needs special education groups, and from kindergarten to fifth grade. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace Elementary teacher Dennison receives prestigious fellowship," 22 June 2018 The private school had a small downtown campus and an enrollment of about 100 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Mark Zeigler,, "Deandre Ayton, Brandon McCoy and the story of Balboa City School," 21 June 2018

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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 \

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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