noun, often attributive
pre·​kin·​der·​gar·​ten | \(ˈ)prē-ˈkin-dər-ˌgär-tᵊn, -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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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 Eventually, the state approved money for prekindergarten without a tax increase. Shane Goldmacher And J. David Goodman, New York Times, "Inside One of America’s Ugliest Political Feuds: Cuomo vs. de Blasio," 22 Apr. 2018 Oriadha, who works for a nonprofit group focused on diverting youths from prison, supports universal prekindergarten, backs an increase in the minimum wage and wants to address the district’s food deserts. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "Down to the wire: Ballots being counted this week will decide Maryland races," 5 July 2018 The administration has added universal prekindergarten for the city, funded additional police officers and increased spending on homelessness. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Deal Set on $89.15 Billion New York City Budget," 11 June 2018 Rather than steer money to Maxwell, district efforts could be boosted instead, the letter said: expanding prekindergarten, purchasing classroom supplies and covering the cost of Advanced Placement and SAT exams. Washington Post, "Prince George’s school board members allege ‘massive’ payout being considered for embattled CEO," 14 June 2018 The education budget would fund a 2.5 percent raise for employees and provide more money for prekindergarten, K-12 schools and colleges. Mike Cason,, "Alabama House to consider largest education budget since recession," 13 Feb. 2018 In a field of seven major candidates, most have called for more money for education, more seats in prekindergarten and more programs for students to attend college without debt. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: North Korea summit prep encapsulates Trump’s winging-it presidency," 11 June 2018 In Westbury, students in prekindergarten and kindergarten attend the Dryden Street School. New York Times, "Westbury, N.Y.: A Bucolic Village in Suburbia," 6 June 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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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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