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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Williams taught kindergarten through sixth grade in English and Spanish from 1973 to 2013 in San Diego and South Bay schools. Lallia Allali, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Linda Williams," 16 Sep. 2019 In addition, some public school systems don’t mandate compulsory full-day kindergarten. Leah Ruppanner, The Conversation, "Free preschool, longer school days and affordable day care help keep moms in the paid workforce," 12 Sep. 2019 Elicker pushed the theme of generational change by running a television commercial that showed his young daughter getting on the school bus for her first day of kindergarten in the New Haven public schools. Christopher Keating,, "Challenger Justin Elicker defeats incumbent Mayor Toni Harp in New Haven Democratic Primary," 11 Sep. 2019 Contests: Best School Float, open to all public and private schools in San Mateo County, kindergarten through 12th grade; $500 for first place, $250 for second; register by emailing Ayn Gilmore, or by calling 650-342-2073. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "3 Bay Area pet festivals, parades to celebrate in September," 10 Sep. 2019 Thursday was the first day of school, and just over 80 percent of the district’s kindergarten through grade 12 students attended classes, according to the statement. John Hilliard,, "In first 2 days, Boston records highest public schools attendance in 6 years," 7 Sep. 2019 After the city’s kindergarten gifted classes are filled, only a small number of seats are available in later grades for students to enter the programs. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, "Should a Single Test Decide a 4-Year-Old’s Educational Future?," 4 Sep. 2019 In October, at least 14 children at a kindergarten in Chongqing were slashed by a woman with a kitchen knife. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Man kills eight schoolchildren in China on first day of class," 2 Sep. 2019 Patty, the principal at a local kindergarten, was the lyricist, while Mildred wrote the melodies. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "The necessary vulnerability of celebrating your birthday as an adult," 30 Aug. 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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