Kindergarten Enrollment Slumped Last Year. Now, Some Schools See Rebounds Among Youngest Students

Chalkbeat | Kalyn Belsha

Jenny Rappaport’s 6-year-old son, Milo, was so upset by virtual kindergarten last year that he often hid under his desk or retreated behind blankets to avoid class. Milo has apraxia, which affects his motor and speech skills, and he found it frustrating when his teacher couldn’t understand him over Zoom.

Many school districts in the US are experiencing declines in kindergarten and pre-K enrollment. Though enrollment has bounced back slightly overall compared to last school year, parents still worry about the uncertainties of closures, outbreaks, and their children’s mental health.

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