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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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 The administration’s action, which could ripple through the education system from prekindergarten through college, was the latest of several measures critics say have eroded civil rights protections in classrooms and on college campuses. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "Trump administration moves to rescind Obama-era guidance on race in admissions," 3 July 2018 The students, from prekindergarten through the 12th grade, are all on the same campus. Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, "Trooper Is Killed Answering Call to Home of School Principal," 2 July 2018 The Woodlands Christian Academy currently has 650 students in grades ranging from prekindergarten 4-year-olds to 12th grade pupils. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands Christian Academy to build new high school facility," 27 Apr. 2018 The current budget calls for an additional $15 million for prekindergarten; Ms. Nixon wants an additional $361 million for these programs. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Cynthia Nixon Aims to Tax Wealthy to Pay for $7 Billion Education Plan," 13 June 2018

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1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of prekindergarten

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

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