Education

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Source: New York State Education Department

What does this measure?

The number of children eligible for kindergarten in the following school year who are enrolled in publicly funded prekindergarten programs, expressed as a percentage of all 4-year-olds.

Why is this important?

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

How is our region performing?

In 2018, 45% of our region's 4-year-olds were enrolled in prekindergarten programs, up from 21% in 2008 but below the state rate of 52%. Since 2008, each county in the region has had an overall increase in their prekindergarten participation rate, with the highest increases in Genesee and Wayne (up 36 and 45 points respectively). The highest rates in 2018 were in Orleans and Wayne (both at 68%), and the lowest rate was in Wyoming at 29%.

The Rochester City School District had a participation rate of 74% in 2018, up slightly from 73% in 2017. Geneva School District reached a participation rate of 100% in 2017 and 2018 (with slightly over 180 4-year-olds enrolled, compared to Rochester's 2,100).

Notes about the data

Due to changes in the source of the data, results from 2017 onward may differ slightly from previous years. Prekindergarten enrollment through 2016 is as reported in New York State Education Department's (NYSED) School Report Card database. Enrollment for 2017 and onwards is provided by the NYSED's Office of Early Learning. New York State did not provide comparable data for 2013. Figures reflect children in free prekindergarten programs provided by school districts or community organizations; they do not include children attending private preschool or federally funded Head Start. In 1997, New York State enacted a law providing public support for prekindergarten, effective 1998.

Prekindergarten Participation
2008200920102011201220142015201620172018
NYS19%31%31%31%31%44%48%52%52%52%
NYS (excluding NYC)17%37%37%37%37%36%37%39%39%39%
Region21%40%40%39%41%39%42%44%45%45%
Monroe17%36%37%36%37%35%39%41%41%41%
Surrounding Counties28%45%46%45%47%45%47%49%51%52%
Genesee26%51%55%55%60%55%55%57%62%62%
Livingston19%34%29%29%34%28%35%32%35%40%
Ontario34%51%54%46%49%49%52%47%54%51%
Orleans51%62%57%68%60%63%61%78%57%68%
Seneca30%40%37%37%40%26%32%41%46%37%
Wayne23%50%51%53%52%55%56%58%60%68%
Wyoming13%14%17%14%31%23%26%32%27%29%
Yates24%38%36%31%35%45%33%44%40%33%
Rochester School District27%65%65%66%67%66%72%75%73%74%
Batavia School District17%50%56%55%56%57%50%52%54%66%
Canandaigua School District28%38%38%36%39%40%39%41%44%37%
Geneva School District39%73%72%73%69%60%70%63%100%100%

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Figures reflect percentage of 4-year-olds in free prekindergarten programs provided by school districts or community organizations. NYS did not provide comparable data for 2013.




Number of Students in Prekindergarten
2008200920102011201220142015201620172018
NYS45,26370,62570,70571,60270,648101,253112,578119,555119,459117,851
NYS (excluding NYC)23,20048,71748,65949,10048,58645,62847,03448,12548,18047,794
Region2,8875,5375,6325,5905,6745,3985,7165,8625,9405,964
Monroe1,4283,0913,2073,1963,2053,0703,3613,4163,4653,458
Surrounding Counties1,4592,4462,4252,3942,4692,3282,3552,4462,4752,506
Genesee161376382379413367355342391370
Livingston123216197192219183205198201219
Ontario417626675597575547598575606629
Orleans239307265325278281286295229291
Seneca118168148139160103115163160143
Wayne281586578598592605590607649639
Wyoming5664726212699108122108120
Yates641031081021061439814413195
Rochester School District7771,8721,9471,9811,9881,9412,1232,1242,1032,103
Batavia School District35119125123124122105101108128
Canandaigua School District80108109108108105106117114106
Geneva School District6712412513111394113107165183

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Figures reflect 4-year-olds in free prekindergarten programs provided by school districts or community organizations. NYS did not provide comparable data for 2013.











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