Children ages 3 and 4 not attending preschool, by poverty status

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Definitions: The share of children ages 3 to 4 not enrolled in nursery school or preschool school during the previous two months by their poverty status.

The federal poverty definition consists of a series of thresholds based on family size and composition. In 2012, a 200% poverty threshold for a family of two adults and two children was $46,566. Poverty status is not determined for people in military barracks, institutional quarters, or for unrelated individuals under age 15 (such as foster children).

"Nursery school" and "preschool" include any group or class of institution providing educational experiences for children during the years preceding kindergarten. Places where instruction is an integral part of the program are included, but private homes that primarily provide custodial care are not included. Children enrolled in programs sponsored by federal, state or local agencies to provide preschool education to young children--including Head Start programs--are considered as enrolled in nursery school or preschool. Children enrolled in kindergarten are excluded from this analysis.

Due to small sample size, the 3-year American Community Survey was used to increase accuracy of the estimates. 
Children who are above or below 200 percent of poverty who are not in preschool only include those for which poverty status is determined. Because of this these two numbers will not sum to the total children 3 to 4 who are not enrolled in preschool.

Data Source: Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2005-07 to 2009-11 three-year American Community Survey.

Footnotes: Updated February 2015.
S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points.
N.A. Data not available. Children ages 3 and 4 not attending preschool, by poverty status.