pre·​school·​er | \ ˈprē-ˌskü-lər How to pronounce preschooler (audio) \

Definition of preschooler

1 : a child not yet old enough for school
2 : a child attending a preschool

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Peppa, the cartoon piglet for preschoolers that was created in Britain and whose TV show airs around the world, once faced an uncertain future in China. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "Peppa Pig, Branded a Subversive by China, Gets Rehabilitated," 5 Feb. 2019 Finn's younger sister joins him with her LEGO DUPLO toys (designed for preschoolers), at which point aliens from the planet Duplon land in Bricksburg bent on destroying everything. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "It’s a fight against bubblegum pastels in trailer for The Lego Movie 2," 21 Nov. 2018 They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Kelly Gonsalves, Teen Vogue, "Bert and Ernie from "Sesame Street" May Not Be Gay, But Why Are We So Quick to Clarify?," 19 Sep. 2018 Yes, families with preschoolers of all ages are invited to cozy up at the library for a special evening story time. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Dinner and conversation to benefit a Beachwood synagogue; more improvements coming at Mandel JDS; more: Press Run," 6 Apr. 2018 Eckhaus Latta invited a gaggle of preschoolers—kids of their best friends—to bang on pots as models wandered through a vast Brooklyn industrial space. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The New Fashion Communities: How the Industry Is Embracing Inclusivity," 17 Jan. 2019 More than 14,500 preschoolers took the test to enter kindergarten gifted programs last winter and only 2,305 were offered seats this fall, according to city data. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Some Parents Pay Up to $400 an Hour to Prep 4-Year-Olds for NYC’s Gifted Test," 3 Oct. 2018 Head Start for preschoolers would get a $610 million boost, while an additional $2.4 billion would go for child care grants. Andrew Taylor And Lisa Mascaro,, "House passes compromise $1.3 trillion budget bill; Senate is next," 22 Mar. 2018 The term was developed by psychologist Diana Baumrind, who studied preschoolers and found their parents mostly fit into three parenting styles: authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Permissive Parenting? Experts Say This Parenting Style Fails Kids," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of preschooler

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of preschooler

: a child who is old enough to talk and walk but who is too young to go to school
: a child who goes to a preschool


pre·​school·​er | \ ˈprē-ˈskü-lər How to pronounce preschooler (audio) \

Kids Definition of preschooler

: a child of preschool age

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