preschool

adjective
pre·​school | \ ˈprē-ˌskül How to pronounce preschool (audio) , (ˌ)prē-ˈskül\

Definition of preschool

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or constituting the period in a child's life that ordinarily precedes attendance at elementary school

preschool

noun
pre·​school | \ ˈprē-ˌskül How to pronounce preschool (audio) \

Definition of preschool (Entry 2 of 2)

: a school for children usually younger than those attending elementary school or kindergarten : nursery school

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Examples of preschool in a Sentence

Noun

children excited about starting preschool

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The advantage of the change, however, is that Adams 14 can apply to use that E-CARE money for preschool slots, meaning more families can receive free classes to prepare for kindergarten, Childress said. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s full-day kindergarten bill helps most Denver-area districts, but challenges the richest and poorest," 29 June 2019 Last week, a man was gunned down in Juarez at his child’s preschool graduation, and an unrelated 4-year-old girl died in the attack, according to local reports. Washington Post, "Migrants face violence as US makes them wait in Mexico," 28 June 2019 The toddler and preschool area will feature climbing structures built into the group. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Teachers are designing a curriculum-based playground in Menomonee Falls," 27 June 2019 Families that previously occupied the approximately 65 preschool spots and 85 after-school program spots otherwise will have to find other solutions. oregonlive.com, "Portland is closing Sellwood Community Center. Now there’s a grassroots effort to take over.," 21 June 2019 Meanwhile, Berea Schools’ Director of Academic Affairs for preschool through grade 6, Jason Niedermeyer has been named the new Brunswick City Schools Assistant Superintendent. Brian Lisik, cleveland.com, "Brunswick Schools to partner with Cleveland Clinic for athletic trainer services," 18 June 2019 Grass Lake District 36 is made up of a single school serving just under 200 preschool through eighth-grade students. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Grass Lake District 36, Millburn school boards appoint new members," 14 June 2019 Recognizing his daughter’s extraordinary abilities, Mr. Deutscher tried to find a teacher willing to work with a preschool composer, but most turned him down. Melissa Eddy, New York Times, "A Musical Prodigy? Sure, but Don’t Call Her ‘a New Mozart’," 14 June 2019 Once signed into law, the budget will set aside money for an additional 11,000 children to receive subsidized child care and 10,000 new full-day slots for preschool services. John Myers, latimes.com, "California lawmakers approve a state budget blueprint, but negotiations continue," 13 June 2019

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Add in preschool, busing, food service and building maintenance, much of which is contracted out, and perhaps 20 percent of local education dollars go to private organizations. David Osborne, Twin Cities, "David Osborne: ‘Privatization’ isn’t what makes charter schools bad. It’s what makes them good.," 26 June 2019 But the fledgling program quickly gained momentum, and this year, roughly 80 children ages 3 to 5 were enrolled in the preschool, with the youngsters split equally between students with special needs and typical learners, officials said. Karen Ann Cullotta, chicagotribune.com, "Departing District 39 superintendent honored for launching inclusion-based preschool," 3 June 2019 The Temara center operates a preschool, treats burn victims, trains women in sewing and provides meals for 150 children a day. Amira El Masaiti, The Seattle Times, "Pope tells Moroccans “we are brothers and sisters”," 31 Mar. 2019 After all, that's her job right now, a fact that can be weirdly hard to remember in our grow-up-now world of toddler flash cards, pre-pre-preschool, and yes, baby high-heels. Amy Shearn, Redbook, "My 4-Year-Old Doesn't Need High Heels," 1 Aug. 2013 After that, Bennett did some preschool teaching, studied coding, and now works as an assistant to a team of real estate agents. oregonlive.com, "Pokémon in the park? Portland man’s cartoon cutouts pop up all over city," 16 June 2019 But sending children to comparable private preschools would be even pricier. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Lincoln Park elementary ends free preschool after criticism — but does it remain a perk for Chicago's richest neighborhood?," 14 June 2019 Many candidates have adopted debt-free or tuition-free college proposals and support universal preschool. NBC News, "Unchartered territory: 2020 Democrats back away from charter schools," 9 June 2019 Although these women are making amazing strides for themselves, despite the odds, policies that guarantee paid leave, livable wage and public preschool are a necessity. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "New Data Shows Single Moms Are Dominating The Work Force," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of preschool

Adjective

1914, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

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preschool

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of preschool

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to the time in a child's life when the child is old enough to talk and walk but is not ready to go to school

preschool

noun

English Language Learners Definition of preschool (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : a school for very young children

preschool

adjective
pre·​school | \ ˈprē-ˌskül How to pronounce preschool (audio) \

Kids Definition of preschool

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to the time in a child's life that comes before attendance at school

preschool

noun

Kids Definition of preschool (Entry 2 of 2)

: a school for children usually under five years old who are too young for kindergarten

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