ERIC Number: ED473692
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Prekindergarten in U.S. Public Schools: 2000-2001. Statistical Analysis Report.
Smith, Timothy; Kleiner, Anne; Parsad, Basmat; Farris, Elizabeth; Greene, Bernard
As part of its congressional mandate to collect, analyze, and report statistics on the condition of education in the United States, the National Center for Education Statistics conducted the Survey of Classes That Serve Children Prior to Kindergarten in Public Schools, the first national data collection focused exclusively on prekindergarten classes, including special education, offered by U.S. public elementary schools. The survey study provides basic information on prekindergarten enrollment and more detailed information on student and class characteristics. Participating in the study were 1,843 public elementary schools, and questionnaires were completed by school staff members most knowledgeable about the prekindergarten program. This report presents information about general and special education prekindergarten classes in public elementary schools in 2000-2001. The report is organized into chapters reflecting the major topics addressed in the questionnaire. Chapter 1 presents definitional issues, describes prekindergarten programs, and summarizes the study. Chapter 2 highlights the characteristics of public schools that offer prekindergarten classes. Chapter 3 describes the children who were enrolled in those public school classes. Chapter 4 details characteristics of the public school prekindergarten classes, including information on the number of classes offered, the class schedule, and the number of children enrolled in each type of class. Chapter 5 reports on the number of public school prekindergarten teachers and their credentials and salaries. Chapter 6 describes the student support services that public school prekindergarten children received. Chapter 7 describes funding sources for public school prekindergarten classes. The concluding chapter summarizes the findings of the study. Three appendices include the survey methodology, standard error tables, and the survey questionnaire. (Contains 26 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Educational Finance, Enrollment, National Surveys, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Public Schools, School Schedules, School Statistics, Special Education, Statistical Data, Statistical Studies, Statistical Surveys, Student Characteristics, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Salaries
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.