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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To determine where cuts would be made, school officials put caps on class size at the elementary level — 25 students for kindergarten through second-grade classes and 30 students for third through fifth grade classes. Erika Butler,, "Nine Harford County elementary schools need one or more teachers to meet class size caps of 25 or 30 students," 14 Aug. 2019 The first day of school for kindergarten to fifth grade and grades 7 and 9 is Sept. 3; grades 6 and 8 and 10-12 start on Sept. 4. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester students will return to ‘like new,’ bigger elementary school," 9 Aug. 2019 Deloitte, meanwhile, sees back-to-school spending for kindergarten through 12th grade totaling $27.8 billion this year, a rise of 1.8% from 2018. Jordyn Holman, Fortune, "Sales Are So Common, Are They Meaningless?," 6 Aug. 2019 The study accounted for grades kindergarten through 12. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Texas public school systems ranked in bottom half of U.S. states, according to new study," 30 July 2019 At its peak, the orphanage had 600 children with 16 teachers for kindergarten through high school. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "The 'sad, scary case' of how a nursing home whistleblower exposed a fatal cover-up," 3 July 2019 Kumar was enrolled at Fairview South for kindergarten at age 4. Taylor Hartz,, "Skokie native awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarship," 1 July 2019 Part 2: Children who go to preschool are better prepared for kindergarten. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Why a seemingly chaotic pre-K class may be the best kind," 28 June 2019 Newsom and lawmakers agreed to spend $195 million for training child-care workers and another $300 million on building new school facilities for full-day kindergarten. John Myers,, "California lawmakers approve a state budget blueprint, but negotiations continue," 13 June 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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