What does this measure?
The number of children, age four or otherwise eligible for kindergarten in the following school year, 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 Ulster County performing?
In 2014, 24% of 4-year-olds were enrolled in publicly funded prekindergarten programs, up from 5% in 2001, but below the 36% enrolled statewide (excluding NYC). Ulster's rate was above Dutchess (11%) but below Orange (36%).
Notes about the data
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.