preschool

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adjective

pre·​school ˈprē-ˌskül How to pronounce preschool (audio)
(ˌ)prē-ˈskül
: of, relating to, or constituting the period in a child's life that ordinarily precedes attendance at elementary school

preschool

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noun

pre·​school ˈprē-ˌskül How to pronounce preschool (audio)
: 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
Dora the Explorer launched on Nickelodeon in 2000 and over eight seasons on TV has become a popular preschool franchise. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Feb. 2024 The company’s shows are available on more than 150 video platforms globally including Netflix, Disney+, BBC iPlayer and YouTube Kids, while its preschool music and audio programming is available on more than 100 audio platforms. Todd Spangler, Variety, 21 Feb. 2024 But her 58 years in film, which began during her preschool days, have been almost entirely devoted to outsider characters—women who are emotionally isolated, fighting to be believed, striking out perilously on their own. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, 18 Feb. 2024 Back in 2019, Menzies had originated the stage role of Lucas, a preschool teacher falsely accused of exposing himself to a child, in a London production. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Of the district’s 16 schools, including its preschool academy, six have greater than 90% of students eligible — four are equal to or greater than 98%. The Arizona Republic, 28 Jan. 2024 California’s preschool expulsion legislation offers an alternative: funding for mental health consultations. Jenny Gold, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2023 In an e-learning preschool lesson, a teacher might ask children to count five eggs. Sacramento Bee, 13 Feb. 2024 The local church, along with Totonac authorities, had selected Juanita Olarte, a 24-year-old preschool teacher, to be ceremoniously named a protector of Totonac culture at a Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the diocese. Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024
Noun
Bezos also supports tuition-free preschools for low-income families through Bezos Academies; the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund gives to groups that help homeless families find a permanent home and services. Devin Sean Martin, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Within that group, one in four are young people ranging from preschool to college ages. Lina Ruiz, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 Feb. 2024 An active child, Wolf, still in preschool, was enrolled in a learn-to-skate program at Sharks Ice. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 5 Feb. 2024 Most Catholic elementary schools don’t offer preschool. J.m. Banks, Kansas City Star, 17 Jan. 2024 Maybe in the future, there’s [Roald] Dahl preschool. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Dec. 2023 Chaves says her employer at the time, a private preschool in southern Bahia state, wouldn’t pay for them. Gabriela Sa Pessoa, Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2023 That includes reducing class sizes for third through fifth grades, adding preschool and prekindergarten programs, increasing training and professional development for teachers, and implementing a new curriculum for English-language learners. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 8 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, the landmark education plan, known as the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, ramps up over the next four years and will eventually offer free public preschool statewide, wraparound services and extra resources in high-poverty areas, among many other initiatives. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1914, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preschool was in 1914

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“Preschool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preschool. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

preschool

1 of 2 adjective
pre·​school ˈprē-ˌskül How to pronounce preschool (audio)
: of, relating to, or being the period in a child's life to the age of five or six that ordinarily precedes attendance at school

preschool

2 of 2 noun
: a school for children usually younger than those attending elementary school or kindergarten : nursery school

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