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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Elizabeth Wieland is a stay-at-home mom and part-time preschool teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. Glamour, "Having a NICU Baby Is Its Own Trauma," 21 Mar. 2019 Later, Klobuchar calls me over to meet Tavares, a preschool teacher and Zumba instructor originally from Brazil. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Personable, Popular, Pragmatic: Is Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar the Democrat’s Secret Weapon?," 15 Jan. 2019 And while preschool memories may fade, creators of this interactive show coming to Phoenix's Comerica Theatre on Thursday tried to make sure this one sticks. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "'Disney Junior Dance Party' brings beloved characters to Comerica Theatre on Thursday," 15 May 2018 The new preschool classroom at the College of Lake County’s Lakeshore campus will house 20 children for six hours each day, five days a week. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Some Lake County preschool programs to grow with new state dollars," 4 July 2018 Statewide, about 106,200 children who are eligible on the basis of family income cannot enroll because there is not enough space in preschool classrooms, according to Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. Thomas Fitzgerald, Philly.com, "Pa. voters willing to pay more taxes for more pre-K, poll finds," 7 June 2018 Drew Angerer / Getty Images When someone like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pledges billions to fight homelessness and fund preschool education, that sounds like good news — better for those causes to have money than not. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Elites like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos think they’re being philanthropic. But they could do so much more.," 3 Oct. 2018 Ruya, known by her teachers for her charisma and confidence, would have started preschool classes at the Learning Lab next week. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "A slain refugee was set to start preschool Monday. Despite tragedy, staffers carry hope.," 6 July 2018 Already, her son attends preschool classes in Yup'ik. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "The latest language immersion program for Anchorage students: Yup’ik," 23 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For example, the AAP suggests doctors prescribe methylphenidate (sold under brand names including Ritalin) to preschool-age children when behavioral therapy fails or isn’t available. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Kids who start kindergarten young are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD," 17 Dec. 2018 This property-tax levy would raise about $620 million over seven years for preschool and K-12 programs, health clinics inside schools and community college scholarships for high school graduates. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle property-tax levy to test voters’ generosity toward education," 15 Oct. 2018 This means when your child is a toddler, offer them a choice between the blue socks and the red socks when getting dressed for preschool. Alexis Jones, Woman's Day, "QUIZ: Where Do You Stand on These Back-to-School Parenting Questions?," 23 Aug. 2018 Broder leaves behind his wife, who teaches preschool, according to NBC Washington, and their child. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Young father dies weeks after armed robbery; teen suspect likely to face murder charge, police say," 22 July 2018 Memories of a manual sports coupe clashed with a crossover with more safety aids than a preschool. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Auto review: Mitsubishi shows signs of life with 2018 Eclipse Cross," 19 June 2018 Florida’s pre-K program is publicly funded but mostly contracted out to private preschools and childcare centers, though some public schools take part, too. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ready for kindergarten? Florida's new test found many youngsters were not," 5 July 2018 Fort Romig will serve as a learning center for children in the group's Learning Zone, ages 18 months to 12 years old, who attend preschool, after-school and summer programs. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "Summit County Salvation Army STEM lab features hydroponic 'Fresh Face Farm'," 27 Apr. 2018 In the Bay Area, one woman built a preschool, another pursued a job at Facebook. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why it’s taking Washington so long to unravel work permits for H-1B spouses," 16 Mar. 2018

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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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