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

Examples of prekindergarten in a Sentence

a single father with two children in prekindergarten
Recent Examples on the Web Also Tuesday, parents from the Jefferson Elementary School neighborhood pleaded with the board to preserve one or more of the prekindergarten classes at that school. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, 9 Feb. 2022 Most of the elementary schools didn’t offer prekindergarten classes, and the high school, which had gone through four principals in two years, needed a new leader. New York Times, 7 Sep. 2021 Daysha’s husband, Arvin Sampson, 32, said the couple come every year and brought their daughter to celebrate her graduation from prekindergarten. Maria Morales, Baltimore Sun, 17 June 2022 Alexandria holds a minimum of five active-threat drills per year involving students in prekindergarten through 12th grade, according to Hart. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 Since being released, Mr. Cockfield has gone on to join his family’s church, open prekindergarten centers, found a charter school and get involved in real estate and politics. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Free prekindergarten was a component in the administration’s proposed $3.5 trillion package targeting social infrastructure that was later withdrawn due to lack of support in Congress. Paul Vieira, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 The union represents 19 employees in the single-school district, which has about 220 students in prekindergarten to eighth grade. Michelle Mullins,, 8 Mar. 2022 Orr said Congress could approve federal funds for prekindergarten and affect how much the state allocates. Mike Cason |, al, 31 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of prekindergarten

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Prekindergarten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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