Education
Prekindergarten Participation

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Source: New York State Education Department

What does this measure?

The number of children eligible for kindergarten in the following school year who are 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 our region performing?

In 2017, 44% of our region's 4-year-olds were enrolled in prekindergarten programs, up from 11% in 2001 but below the state rate of 52%. Since 2001, each county in the region has had an overall increase in their prekindergarten participation rate, with the highest increases in Genesee and Wayne (up 61 and 55 points respectively). The highest rates in 2017 were in Genesee (62%) and Wayne (60%), and the lowest rate was in Wyoming at 27%.

The Rochester City School District had a participation rate of 73% in 2017, down slightly from 75% in 2016. Geneva School District reached a participation rate of 100% in 2017 (with slightly over 160 4-year-olds enrolled, compared to Rochester's 2,100).

Notes about the data

Due to changes in the source of the data, results from 2017 onward may differ slightly from previous years. 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.

Prekindergarten Participation
2001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122014201520162017
NYS15%16%17%21%17%17%17%19%31%31%31%31%44%48%51%52%
NYS (excluding NYC)13%14%15%22%15%16%15%18%38%37%38%54%36%37%39%25%
Region11%13%14%22%13%14%15%21%40%40%39%41%39%42%44%44%
Monroe13%14%15%23%13%13%14%17%36%37%36%37%35%39%41%41%
Surrounding Counties8%12%13%20%14%15%16%28%45%46%45%47%45%47%49%51%
Genesee1%2%1%12%2%1%1%26%51%55%55%60%55%55%57%62%
Livingston4%11%10%12%9%10%14%19%34%29%29%35%28%34%32%35%
Ontario12%13%16%19%15%21%17%34%51%54%46%49%49%52%47%54%
Orleans12%15%22%23%24%24%29%51%62%57%68%60%63%61%78%57%
Seneca25%30%31%29%29%18%31%30%40%37%37%40%26%32%41%46%
Wayne5%11%10%27%15%17%18%23%50%51%53%52%55%56%58%60%
Wyoming7%15%7%15%8%8%6%13%14%17%14%31%23%26%32%27%
Yates10%10%25%25%11%11%23%24%38%36%31%34%45%33%44%41%
Rochester School District31%34%36%24%26%24%25%27%65%65%66%67%66%72%75%73%
Batavia School DistrictN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A17%50%56%55%56%57%50%52%53%
Canandaigua School District11%11%11%17%23%28%38%38%36%39%40%39%41%43%
Geneva School DistrictN/AN/AN/A51%23%39%73%72%73%69%60%70%63%100%

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Figures reflect percentage of 4-year-olds in free prekindergarten programs provided by school districts or community organizations. NYS did not provide comparable data for 2013.




Number of Students in Prekindergarten
2001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122014201520162017
NYS36,37337,96639,53048,51539,84440,51540,06345,26370,62570,70571,60270,648101,253112,578119,555119,459
NYS (excluding NYC)18,02719,66620,85729,98021,18921,58119,71523,59749,13949,05049,48870,64845,94947,34848,45848,180
Region1,6571,9912,1313,2641,9241,8972,0872,8875,5375,6325,5905,6745,3985,7165,8625,940
Monroe1,1721,3051,3882,1381,1921,1381,2081,4283,0913,2073,1963,2053,0703,3613,4163,465
Surrounding Counties4856867431,1267327598791,4592,4462,4252,3942,4692,3282,3552,4462,475
Genesee9148871446161376382379413367355342391
Livingston32806482616498123216197192219183205198201
Ontario150158190243188251212417626675597575547598575606
Orleans6580113132116112138239307265325278281286295229
Seneca9911211911811266124118168148139160103115163160
Wayne61138127324176194206281586578598592605590607649
Wyoming367236663336285664726212699108122108
Yates333286743232676410310810210614398144131
Rochester School District9951,0771,1337548037167517771,8721,9471,9811,9881,9412,1232,1242,103
Batavia School DistrictN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A35119125123124122105101108
Canandaigua School District323232486480108109108108105106117114
Geneva School DistrictN/AN/AN/A85396712412513111394113107165

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Figures reflect 4-year-olds in free prekindergarten programs provided by school districts or community organizations. NYS did not provide comparable data for 2013.











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Increasing
Prenatal Care, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights 8% 2017 3 1
Increasing
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Infant Mortality Rate 6.0 2014-16 2 0
Maintaining
Infant Mortality Rate, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0.9% 2016 2 -1
Decreasing
Children in Poverty 20% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Children in Poverty, Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Single-Parent Families 39% 2013-17 2 1
Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect 18 2017 2 1
Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions 2.3 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Pregnancy 2% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Births 13 2017 2 -1
Decreasing
Arts and Culture Attendance 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tourism Spending $1,368 2017 1 1
Increasing
Recreation Spending $76 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate 83% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 58% 2016 3 0
Maintaining
Registered Library Borrowers 61% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Library Visits 5.9 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income 1.7% 2016 2 0
Maintaining
Households Without Vehicles 10% 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Total Population 0.3% 2018 2 0
Maintaining
Population by Age 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 6% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income $54,972 2013-17 1 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty 14% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Public Assistance Recipients 2.3% 2018 3 0
Maintaining
Approval Rate for Public Assistance Applications 25% 2018 0 -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP 14% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tax Filers Receiving Earned Income Tax Credit 16% 2016 3 0
Maintaining
EITC Dollars $177 2016 1 1
Increasing
Change in Total Jobs 0.5% 2017 2 0
Maintaining
Change in Number of Business Establishments by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Jobs by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Sector Shares of Regional Total Employment 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate 4.2% 2018 2 0
Maintaining
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 3% 2017 3 1
Increasing
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Employment-to-Population Ratio 74% 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Per-Capita Spending for Local Government $3,538 2017 0 1
Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation 44% 2017 2 1
Increasing
School Spending Per Student $22,208 2017 1 1
Increasing
Instructional Spending Per Student $15,778 2017 1 1
Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services 9% 2017 3 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English 43% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 English by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math 48% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 Math by Student Subgroup 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English 41% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Grade 8 English by Student Subgroup 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 Math 45% 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Regents Algebra 1 73% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Regents English 78% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate 85% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Cohort Graduation Rate, Beyond Four Years 87% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Without Health Insurance 5% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Supply of Doctors 34.4 2016 1 1
Increasing
Mortality Rate 685 2016 1 -1
Decreasing
Chlamydia Rate 52 2017 3 1
Increasing
Chlamydia Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rate 17 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Gonorrhea Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Early Syphilis Rates 0.8 2016 3 1
Increasing
Early Syphilis Rates within Monroe County, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with HIV 104 2016 0 1
Increasing
People Living with HIV by Race/Ethnicity 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with AIDS 132 2016 0 1
Increasing
People Living with AIDS by Race/Ethnicity 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
Percent of Days with Good Air Quality 0 10 Not Applicable*
Alcohol-related Crashes 3 2017 2 -1
Decreasing
Median Home Value $133,156 2013-17 1 -1
Decreasing
Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment by Primary Substance 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Median Rental Prices $827 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners 2.4 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden 30% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters 34% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Rent Burdened Households 50% 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Homeownership Rate 68% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Vacant Housing Units 10% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Homeless Persons 0 10 Not Applicable*
Serious Crimes 214 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Violent Crimes 28 2017 3 1
Increasing
Victims of Domestic Violence 54 2017 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates 13.7 2017 2 0
Maintaining
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2015 0 10 Not Applicable*
Arrest Rates 197.7 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


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