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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Table 1.5.

Percentage of 3- to 5-year-olds enrolled in center-based preprimary programs, by poverty status, hours of attendance, and locale: 2005

Locale and hours of attendance All1 At or above the poverty threshold Below the poverty threshold
Total 57.1 59.9 47.2
City 57.6 60.0 52.1
Suburban 63.4 66.3 46.0
Town 52.2 53.9 46.9
Rural 49.6 52.3 38.9!
Attends less than 30 hours a week 35.4 38.3 25.3
City 31.0 33.0 26.1
Suburban 41.8 45.1 21.7!
Town 33.5 35.0 29.0!
Rural 33.0 35.0 25.3!
Attends 30 hours or more a week 21.4 21.4 21.5
City 26.3 26.7 25.5
Suburban 21.3 21.0 23.6
Town 18.7 18.9 17.9!
Rural 16.4 17.2 13.6!
! Interpret with caution.
1Total includes some children for whom respondents failed to report the number of hours their child attended a preprimary program.
NOTE: Estimates are based on children who have yet to enter kindergarten. Center-based programs include day care centers, Head Start program, preschool, nursery school, prekindergarten, and other early childhood programs. For comparison of poverty definitions, see appendix B. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and because not all respondents reported number of hours.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES), "Early Childhood Program Participation" survey, 2005.
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