prekindergarten

noun, often attributive
pre·​kin·​der·​gar·​ten | \ (ˈ)prē-ˈkin-dər-ˌgär-tᵊn How to pronounce prekindergarten (audio) , -ˈkin-də-, -dᵊn\

Definition of prekindergarten

2 : a class or program preceding kindergarten for children usually from three to four years old

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a single father with two children in prekindergarten

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Although more known for his work on universal prekindergarten and affordable housing, Castro has been a consistent voice on immigration. Jazmine Ulloa, BostonGlobe.com, "Castro’s campaign tries to rise with immigration focus," 3 July 2019 The 40-year-old school has 166 students in prekindergarten to eighth grade, 20 full- and part-time teachers and 22 full- and part-time staff and administration employees. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Valley Christian Academy treats employees like family, gains 2nd place spot in small-company category: Top Workplaces 2019," 16 June 2019 Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has championed free prekindergarten in New York City, has cited Nobel laureate James Heckman’s research on the benefits of preschool for low-income children. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Long-Term Study Shows Free Pre-K Helps Low-Income Students, And Their Children," 14 May 2019 Such action would disrupt some centers in the universal prekindergarten program, which has been one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature achievements. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York City Preschool Workers Mull Strike as Union Discusses Pay," 2 Apr. 2019 Photo: Bess Adler for The Wall Street Journal Some experts say screening as early as prekindergarten can fail to identify gifted children whose abilities emerge later, after exposure to rich curricula. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Some Parents Pay Up to $400 an Hour to Prep 4-Year-Olds for NYC’s Gifted Test," 3 Oct. 2018 Last school year, more than 1 million elementary-age children experienced a lockdown, and among that group, at least 220,000 were in kindergarten or prekindergarten, the Post analysis revealed. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 Language immersion programs and full-day prekindergarten classes grew, as did programs that allow high school students to earn college credits. Washington Post, "Scandals mar the journey of a hometown boy made good," 5 May 2018 With just one class per grade in prekindergarten through fifth grade, P.S. 150 won a National Blue Ribbon award for academic excellence from the federal government in 2014. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Public School Can Stay Longer in High-Price Tribeca Apartment Building," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of prekindergarten

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prekindergarten was in 1902

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prekindergarten

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prekindergarten

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: a class or program that is for children who are usually three or four years old

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