Pre-kindergarten in Kansas

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Definitions: Pre-Kindergarten and 4-year-old At Risk Programs is the percent of public elementary schools that offer pre-kindergarten or 4-year-old At-Risk program five days a week. Public non-elementary buildings with such programs are also included in the numerator and the denominator. 

Data Source: Data are provided by the Kansas State Department of Education. The current rate represents academic year 2019–20.

Footnotes: Data represent academic years 2014-2015 through 2018-2019, reflecting September enrollment status at the beginning of the academic year. In denominator, we include all public elementary school buildings even when some don't offer kindergarten program, and non-elementary public school buildings that enroll Pre-K or 4-year-old at risk students. Main reason for the increase in the percentage from 2017 to 2018 is because of  3% reduced number of elementary schools in Kansas for the latest academic year serving as the denominator. Example of Elementary School Closure: Closure of three Pawnee elementary schools at the end of 2017 increased the percentage from 25% to 100% in 2018. There seems to be data irregularity for several counties in 2019 data.  Some numbers of schools with pre-K or 4yo at risk program from our data request are different from  those queried by Kansas K-12 Report. And we did not get clear explanation from KSDE. Without clarification on our data questions to KSDE, we cannot conclude that there has been a real increase of pre-Kindergarten and/or 4-y-o at risk programs in the state public schools this year. The 2020 trend rate represents the average annual change for academic years 2015–2016 through 2019–2020.