The number of children enrolled in public or private prekindergarten education programs, expressed as a percentage of all children age 4.
Early emphasis on reading and social skills prepares children to succeed later in their education.
In 2019, 42% of Essex County 4-year olds were enrolled in a pre-kindergarten education program, lower than the state rate of 53%. There has been a steady increase in public participation, rising from 26% in 2002. Over that time, there was a larger increase in enrollment in public programs, rising 26% to more than 3,100, than private programs, which decreased 22% to over 700.
Essex County had a lower participation rate than Middlesex, MA, whose rate was 51%, in 2019. Comparable data were not available for Westchester, NY and Lake, IL.
Enrollment is based on counts made on Oct. 1 of each year.