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


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

Examples of preschool in a Sentence

Noun children excited about starting preschool
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The district’s student services department includes special education programming and services and the district’s preschool program. Rafael Guerrero,, 1 Apr. 2022 The preschool program has three other locations opening in Texas this year, including two in Dallas. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 26 Jan. 2022 At the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Campus, programs cater to everyone from preschool kids to active older adults. Roxanne De La Rosa, The Arizona Republic, 8 May 2022 Parents are growing more concerned about lengthy preschool hours, saying 4–6-year-olds are not mature enough emotionally to make it through an 8-9 hour day of schooling. Latrice Williams, ajc, 1 May 2022 In April, about 2,500 K-12 instructors and 900 preschool instructors had completed LETRS training. al, 30 Apr. 2022 Magyar said the dog was recently taken to visit with a preschool child who has autism. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 19 Apr. 2022 The post stated that children had stumbled on such videos on TikTok, YouTube, and even YouTube Kids, which is designed for children from preschool age to 12. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 9 Apr. 2022 Thursday's report noted that compared to the 2020-21 flu season, vaccination coverage this year was lower in certain groups, including pregnant women, infants and preschool-age children. NBC News, 10 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun By offering free preschool and subsidized child care for parents who want to provide for their children by going to work. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 Last December, Manchin refused to support the Build Back Better bill, the social safety net legislation that included many liberal priorities, such as free preschool, major climate change initiatives and extending the child tax credit. Merdie Nzanga, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 Whaley also touts the voters' decision to approve universal preschool for 4-year-olds in 2016. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 25 Apr. 2022 Got free preschool for families with four year olds. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 28 Feb. 2022 Build Back Better plan, which is stalled in the Senate, also includes measures such as free universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. Abha Bhattarai And Alyssa Fowers, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Feb. 2022 Other cities — such as New York City, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia — offer free preschool to 3- and 4-year-olds. Naomi Martin,, 23 Feb. 2022 Biden's Build Back Better plan would -- among many other policy priorities -- subsidize child care for most parents of children under age 6 and provide universal preschool for 3 and 4-year-olds. Kara Alaimo, CNN, 25 Jan. 2022 There's money for child care, job training, housing, free preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, in-home care for senior citizens and new hearing benefits for Medicare recipients. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 20 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of preschool


1914, in the meaning defined above


circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Preschool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for preschool


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



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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