Young children enrolled in Pre-K program by region

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High-quality prekindergarten programs for 3- and 4-year-olds can improve school readiness, with the greatest gains accruing to the highest-risk children. Head Start and the expansion of state-funded programs since the 1990s have greatly increased access to preschool. But many children, especially 3-year-olds, continue to be left out, exacerbating socioeconomic differences in educational achievement.
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Definitions: Percent of children ages 3 to 4 years enrolled in a Pre-K program, including nursery school or preschool, during the previous three months.

"Nursery school" and "preschool" include any group or class at an 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. 

Data Source: American Community Survey 5-year estimates for 2012-2016; Table B14003 - SEX BY SCHOOL ENROLLMENT BY TYPE OF SCHOOL BY AGE FOR THE POPULATION 3 YEARS AND OVER

Footnotes: Updated March 2018