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 Still, that didn't stop preschool teachers, scientists, mothers, and women from all walks of life from safely taking part. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Intense Off-road Car Competition Has One Major Rule: No Men Allowed," 28 Feb. 2021 Hudson, who went on to become a special education teacher for preschool students, returned to run the Clearing House part time with her sister around 2000, at her mother’s request and under her guidance. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "Cockeysville’s Clearing House furniture consignment store that raised funds for House of Ruth closing after 40 years," 22 Dec. 2020 When class begins, two teachers put on raspy play-voices and let the puppets, Jo the hedgehog and Joo the squirrel, greet their preschool students — except the desks in front of them are all empty. Derek Gatopoulos And Thanassis Stavrakis, Star Tribune, "AP PHOTOS: Greece puts faith in online schooling," 27 Nov. 2020 Vest taught preschool students in special education programs at Highland Park Elementary in Gilbert. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, "These Arizona teachers quit this year, adding to the shortage of instructors. Here's why," 28 Oct. 2020 The Barrington Early Learning Center serves at-risk preschool students in the school district, in addition to kindergarten students enrolled in the district’s Spanish Dual Language program. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Barrington SD220 preschool program gets ‘gold’ rating from state," 18 Aug. 2020 Families are invited to join the Solon Preschool team for the session to learn about the educational experience provided in the preschool program. cleveland, "Solon High School students win 3 awards in MLK Jr. Day essay contest," 26 Jan. 2021 Hundreds of the books went to preschool-age children served by the Anoka/Washington County Head Start, where program operations coordinator Joyce Kulla said she was bowled over by the sight of two young girls hauling in box after box of books. Erin Golden, Star Tribune, "A Minnesota teacher's online request for children's books yields a tale of generosity," 25 Nov. 2020 On the second half of the episode, Bailey Jr. and Campuzano discuss Wheeler’s victory, Portland Public Schools' successful bond and the tuition-free preschool measure in Multnomah County. oregonlive, "Oregon election results recap: Beat Check podcast," 4 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Enikia Ford Morthel said Tuesday that the board will be bringing back the youngest students first, with preschool through second grade students returning for in-person training. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, "San Francisco School Board reaches agreement on reopening, but no date in sight," 24 Feb. 2021 This would provide a computer or tablet to every student in third grade and above and one device for every three children in preschool through second grade. Washington Post, "D.C. schools announces spending plan for academic intervention targeting students who have fallen behind during pandemic.," 18 Feb. 2021 My daughter’s friend was recently alarmed when she was told that her two-year-old must wear a mask in preschool. David J. Lewkowicz, Scientific American, "Masks Can Be Detrimental to Babies' Speech and Language Development," 11 Feb. 2021 Schools with preschool through 8th grade students can remain open for districts who have opted for in-person teaching. Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's new emergency order to slow coronavirus spread: What we know," 15 Nov. 2020 Peter and Paul Catholic School, a preschool through 8th grade in Ionia, and Inter-City Baptist School in Allen Park, a K-12 facility. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan school coronavirus outbreaks decline amid holiday breaks," 28 Dec. 2020 Initial data out of some states paint an even grimmer picture for preschool and child care. Alia Wong, USA TODAY, "COVID means more kids won't be ready for kindergarten. America's preschoolers are falling behind.," 4 Dec. 2020 The state requires vaccinations to enter child care, preschool and kindergarten. Christian Wade, Washington Examiner, "New Hampshire working to set up vaccine registry," 12 Nov. 2020 Tents will have to be 150 feet away from a middle school, preschool or child care center and 100 feet away from high schools. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland restricts locations where homeless encampments can set up," 20 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of preschool was in 1914

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3 Mar 2021

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“Preschool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preschool. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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