Change Indicator

Young children not in school, 2012–2016 and 2017–2021 in United States

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Why This Indicator Matters

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.

This indicator is included in the KIDS COUNT Child Well-Being Index. Read the KIDS COUNT Data Book to learn more: http://datacenter.kidscount.org/publications.
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Definition and Source

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Definition

The share of children ages 3 to 4 not enrolled in school, including nursery school, preschool school or kindergarten, during the previous three months.

"Nursery school" and "preschool" include any group or class of 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.

Notes

S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points. 
N.A. Data not available.
A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at
S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points. 
N.A. Data not available.
A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at
Young children not in school, 2012–2016 and 2017–2021.

Last Updated

June 2023