Interactive Data Tool: 10 Characteristics of Preschool-Age Children

To help support our youngest learners’ healthy development and school readiness, it is important to understand the characteristics of preschool-age children, as well as their preschool participation patterns.

With support from the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Education program, Urban Institute has developed an interactive tool that shows national, state, and local characteristics of 3- to 5-year-olds, including whether the children are enrolled in preschool, whether their families are low income, or whether their parents are immigrants. With key data points on immigration status, language spoken at home, and parental English proficiency, this tool paints a more dynamic picture of the linguistic and cultural diversity of the preschool-age population. Explore the tool by clicking on the chart below.

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