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Title:  Regional Differences in Kindergartnersí Early Education Experiences
Description: This statistics in brief report describes kindergartnersí early education experiences in each of the four regions of the United States. Findings from this report indicate that kindergartnersí preschool experiences and kindergarten program type vary by the regions in which their schools are located and by the regional characteristics of these kindergartners, their families, and their schools. This report identifies common regional patterns in early childhood experiences and notes exceptions to the general findings. Overall, 68 percent of kindergartners attended preschool the year before entering kindergarten. However, kindergartners in the West were less likely to have attended preschool than kindergartners in the South, Northeast, or Midwest. This report also found that kindergartners in the South were more likely to attend full-day kindergarten programs than kindergartners in any of the other regions, and kindergartners in the West were the least likely to attend full-day kindergarten programs.
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Cover Date: June 2005
Web Release: June 23, 2005
Print Release: This Publication will only be available online.
Publication #: NCES 2005099
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: NCES
Authors: Emily Rosenthal and Amy Rathbun, ESSI Jerry West, NCES
Type of Product: Statistics in Brief
Survey/Program Areas: Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS)
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