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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Examples of prekindergarten in a Sentence

a single father with two children in prekindergarten
Recent Examples on the Web All public and private school teachers working in prekindergarten through high school, adult basic education and early childhood family education programs are eligible to be nominated. Erin Golden, Star Tribune, "Finalists named for Minnesota Teacher of the Year," 27 Apr. 2021 For seven years, the school system pulled funds from its health care budget to pay for other expenses, including salary increases and a countywide prekindergarten program. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, "Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announces $10 million proposed payment toward schools’ health fund deficit," 15 Apr. 2021 Students in prekindergarten through third grade returned last week, at least part time., "Struggling Boston teens find few support options, fueling record absentee rates," 10 Mar. 2021 In May 2020, enrollment was 59,447, but that number fell by 2,154 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, "Howard County public schools enrollment increases again in March | EDUCATION NOTEBOOK," 14 Apr. 2021 But of the 489 children in prekindergarten through eighth grade, 96 % chose in-person learning with the students coming to school five days a week, Burlinski said. Kimberly Fornek,, "St. Isaac Jogues in full remote as a precaution after spring break travel," 12 Apr. 2021 The return came with excitement, anxiety, thrill and some reservations, as school leaders welcomed children in prekindergarten to sixth grade, along with high school seniors and students in special-education programs. Washington Post, "Last to return in Maryland, Prince George’s County opens its schools," 8 Apr. 2021 Boston, for instance, finished bringing back students in all grades on a part-time schedule on March 29 and will have until April 26 to offer full-time in-person instruction to students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. New York Times, "Fed Up With Remote Learning, Governors Make a Push to Reopen Schools," 3 Apr. 2021 In January, students in prekindergarten through sixth grade – except for sixth graders on a middle school schedule – returned to a full in-person schedules at school. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Fermenting skills, exodus debunked, nurse strike: News from around our 50 states," 9 Mar. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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