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Children age 3 to 5 enrolled in nursery school, preschool or kindergarten by family nativity in United States

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Children ages 3 to 5 enrolled in nursery school, preschool or kindergarten during the previous three months. “Nursery school” and “preschool” include any group or class within an institution that provides educational experiences for children during the years preceding kindergarten. Places where instruction is an integral part of the program were included, but private homes that primarily provide custodial care were not included. Children enrolled in programs sponsored by federal, state or local agencies to provide preschool education to young children—including Head Start programs—were considered as enrolled in nursery school or preschool. Children enrolled in grades higher than kindergarten were excluded from this analysis. Children in immigrant families is defined as children who are themselves foreign-born or reside with at least one foreign-born parent.

Data Source

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey. Estimates are based on an average of three 1-Year Public Use Microdata Sample files.


S - Data are suppressed if the calculated coefficient of variation is 30 or higher.

Last Updated

October 2017