What percentage of children are enrolled in preprimary education?
Students may spend 1 to 3 years in preprimary programs (prekindergarten and kindergarten), which may be offered either in separate schools or in elementary schools that also offer higher grades.
In 2010, about 64 percent of 3- to 5-year-olds were enrolled in preprimary education (nursery school and kindergarten), the same as the percentage in 2000. However, the percentage of children in full-day programs increased from 2000 to 2010. In 2010, about 58 percent of the children enrolled in preprimary education attended a full-day preprimary program, compared with 53 percent in 2000.
|Enrollment of 3- to 5-year-old children in preprimary programs, by level of program, control of program, and attendance status: Selected years, 1965 through through 2010|
|Total population, 3 to 5 years old||Total enrolled||Percent enrolled||Nursery school, public||Nursery school, private||Kindergarten, public||Kindergarten, private||Full-day||Part-day||Percent full-day|
— Not available.
1 Data collected using new procedures. Data may not be comparable with figures prior to 1994.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2012). Digest of Education Statistics, 2011 (NCES 2012-001), Table 53.
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