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Prekindergarten Participation

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Prekindergarten Participation, 2018

What does this measure?

The number of children enrolled in public or private prekindergarten education programs, expressed as a percentage of all children age 4.

Why is this important?

Early emphasis on reading and social skills prepares children to succeed later in their education.

How is our region doing?

In 2018, 53% of MetroWest 4-year olds were enrolled in a public or private prekindergarten education program, similar to the state rate. Both the region and state have seen a steady increase in public prekindergarten participation since 2002, from 25% to 40% at the regional level, and from 27% to 42% at the state level. Over that time, participation in private prekindergarten programs increased slightly, from 12% to 13% in MetroWest and 11% to 12% at the state level. Overall in the region in 2018, there were about 13,900 children enrolled in public prekindergarten programs and about 4,600 in private programs.

Within the region, the share of 4-year-olds enrolled in public prekindergarten was highest in Worcester County, at 49%, compared to 37% in Middlesex and 35% in Norfolk. Private prekindergarten was more prevalent in Middlesex (15%) and Norfolk (14%) than in Worcester (9%).

Notes about the data

Enrollment is based on counts made on Oct. 1 of each year.

Prekindergarten Participation, 2018
PrivatePublic
Massachusetts12%42%
Region13%40%
Middlesex15%37%
Norfolk14%35%
Worcester9%49%

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education




Number of Children Enrolled in Prekindergarten, 2018
PrivatePublic
Massachusetts8,75730,522
Region4,58713,861
Middlesex2,6356,556
Norfolk1,0722,704
Worcester8804,601

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education




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Disengaged Youth Not Applicable
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Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Subgroup Not Applicable
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High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
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People Living in Poverty Not Applicable
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