pre·​kin·​der·​gar·​ten (ˈ)prē-ˈkin-dər-ˌgär-tᵊn How to pronounce prekindergarten (audio)
often attributive
: a class or program preceding kindergarten for children usually from three to four years old

Examples of prekindergarten in a Sentence

a single father with two children in prekindergarten
Recent Examples on the Web Body of Riley Strain found in river, no evidence of foul play: Nashville police The bus was carrying prekindergarten students from Tom Green Elementary School in Hays County, the Hays Consolidated Independent School District said in a press release. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 22 Mar. 2024 In a changing Mount Pleasant, Bancroft Elementary loses federal grant Miner parents wonder about a unique early-action prekindergarten program that guarantees coveted seats for in-boundary parents — a point of pride for the community. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 Today, prekindergarten for 4-year-olds remains universal. Troy Closson, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 For nearly a decade, every 4-year-old in New York has been eligible for a free prekindergarten seat — and 3-year-olds were set to be next in line. Troy Closson, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 As the pandemic raged on, D.C. public schools saw the most dramatic decreases in the prekindergarten years. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2023 Rogers estimated the prekindergarten expansion will call for 36 classroom teachers, 11 special area teachers, 99 paraeducators and 86 assistants. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 8 Jan. 2024 Chris Burks, a parent, was among those advocating for additional prekindergarten seats, closing some campuses and revitalizing middle school staffing. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, 7 Nov. 2023 School board member Steve Whisler said Blueprint’s prekindergarten requirement is among his concerns. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 11 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prekindergarten was in 1902

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“Prekindergarten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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