prekindergarten

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

pre- +‎ kindergarten

Adjective[edit]

prekindergarten (not comparable)

  1. Before kindergarten, or not yet old enough to attend it.

Noun[edit]

prekindergarten (countable and uncountable, plural prekindergartens)

  1. (US) The first formal academic learning environment for children, before kindergarten.
    • 2008 June 6, Jennifer Medina, “Parents Find Frustration With Process at Schools”, in New York Times[1]:
      This year, Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein has streamlined and centralized the dizzying array of admission procedures for the city’s prekindergartens and middle schools.