Children ages 3 and 4 enrolled in preschool by city and town ("County Subdivision") in Massachusetts

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Why This Indicator Matters

Early education and care has wide ranging benefits for children, parents and the economy. Participation in early education and care helps lay a foundation for success in school and in life. Early education and care makes it easier for parents to work, giving them the support they need to seek and keep jobs, to improve their economic circumstances, and to provide for their families. Economic gains are both immediate and longer-term and these benefits are greatest for low-income children with the weakest existing formal supports. See MassBudget’s report, Building a Foundation for Success.
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Estimated percent and number of 3 and 4 year olds enrolled in private or public preschool or nursery school. Number of 3 and 4 year olds enrolled available starting with 2011-2015 data.

S – Data suppressed, as there were too few observations to compute an estimate, or the number of enrollees was less than 10.


Data Source: Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Table S1401. Updated December 2018 with 2013-2017 data.


These are estimates based on a survey, and they may be highly unreliable for towns with small populations due to small sample sizes.

When comparing estimates over time, researchers recommend comparing time periods that do not include overlapping years.