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

Netflix wanted to create a show with Green Gold and felt that there was lack of preschool content in India. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Why Netflix is looking to India and a curious baby called Bheem to expand its user numbers abroad," 26 Aug. 2019 Fortune Hasbro Buy Toymaker Hasbro is shelling out around $4 billion for Entertainment One, the British owner of preschool brands such as Peppa Pig and PJ Masks. David Meyer, Fortune, "The End of Shareholder Primacy, Again: CEO Daily," 23 Aug. 2019 The Obamas are looking to expand their reach into children’s programming as well, with a half-hour preschool series from the creator of Drunk History, Jeremy Konner, and actress and child educator Erika Thormahlen. Joyce Chen, refinery29.com, "Shows & Films The Obamas Are Bringing To Netflix After American Factory," 22 Aug. 2019 The popular preschool tune has inspired a line of Vans footwear for kids, cleverly designed after the undersea characters in the song and coming in a variety of colors and styles. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "'Baby Shark' Inspires a Line of Colorful Custom Shoes for Babies and Kids — Where to Buy," 21 Aug. 2019 Once the homes are constructed, the district will issue bonds against those assessments to pay for facilities such as K-12 and preschool buildings, classrooms, furniture, technology, school offices and buses. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Marcos schools consider new special tax district," 19 Aug. 2019 The Ocean View district serves more than 8,000 students at 16 elementary, middle and preschool campuses in Huntington Beach, Midway City, Westminster and Fountain Valley. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Ocean View School District board appoints new leaders at four campuses," 14 Aug. 2019 The children will then take part in a mock preschool session to interact with other children. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Preschool and early childhood special education students will help each other grow through a peer pal program," 25 July 2019 Note that preschool start dates may differ from what's listed in each school district. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "When's the first day of school? Here's the list for JCPS and Louisville-area districts," 25 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Life begins with competitive preschools, enrichment instead of play, and risk-averse parents who make sure their kids do plenty of test prep. Sarah Leonard, The New Republic, "The Fall of the Meritocracy," 5 Sep. 2019 Parents can select from three different age groups to choose age-appropriate content – preschool, ages 5-7 and 8-12. Reuters, The Mercury News, "YouTube reportedly settles with FTC over children’s info," 30 Aug. 2019 While publicly funded, the state’s pre-K program is mostly contracted out to private preschools and child-care centers, though some public schools take part, too. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida pre-K: State changes rule to judge readiness for kindergarten," 23 Aug. 2019 Also, Florida state certified preschool, day care and home-school teachers, as well as college professors, are also eligible. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "SeaWorld Orlando: Free unlimited entry for Florida teachers," 27 Aug. 2019 Trustee Grayle James questioned if district administrators had audited future enrollment and facility capacity projections to make sure there would be enough classroom space for the district’s full-day preschool program. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend ISD trustees approve designs for new $45.8 million elementary school," 7 Aug. 2019 The centers also have a quality preschool program, daily-themed summer camp and before and after school care. Nancy Daly, Cincinnati.com, "Green Township warns about energy scammers," 8 June 2018 Over the years, Bryant, who teaches in the before- and after-school preschool program at Border Star, had amassed more than 20 citations for violations not typically associated with bad or dangerous driving. Aaron Randle, kansascity, "'Help Our Beloved Teacher': Community helps KC woman pay thousands in traffic tickets," 8 June 2018 There will also be a Kids Excel preschool program for children of adult students. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Gary Excel Center, Goodwill outlet eye April opening," 4 June 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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