10 Signs of a Great Preschool


Child's age

Just seven percent of infants less than one year of age are enrolled in centers, but this number increases rapidly with age. Three out of four five-year-olds (75 percent) not yet enrolled in kindergarten regularly attend a center.


Across all preschool age groups, white and black children are more likely to attend centers (33 percent each) than hispanic children (17 percent).

Maternal education, household income and maternal employment

The higher the level of maternal education, the greater the likelihood the child will attend a center. The same trend holds for household income. Although 49 percent of preschool children with family incomes above $75,000 attend centers, just 25 percent of children with family incomes below $30,000 attend centers. Nearly 40 percent of children with mothers employed 35 hours or more a week attend centers. Among mothers not in the labor force, just 22 percent of children attend centers, mostly as three- and four-year-olds.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Household Education Survey 1995.Release #1

For more information, contact:

National Association for the Education of Young Children
1509 16th Street, N.W.,
Washington, DC 20036-1426
Phone: (202) 232-8777 or (800) 424-2460
Fax: (202) 328-1846
Web: http://www.america-tomorrow.com/naeyc/

SOURCE: The National Association for the Education of Young Children

Copyright © 1996 by National Association for the Education of Young Children. Reproduction of this material is freely granted, provided credit is given to the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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