States with the most kindergarten students, 2017

April 23, 2019
U.S. Census Bureau figures estimate that about 4 million children were enrolled in kindergarten in 2017.

National Kindergarten Day was April 21, which was the birthday (in 1782) of Friedrich Wilhelm August Frobel, credited with establishing the first kindergarten—in 1837 in Germany.

In 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau says, an estimated 4,001,570 children were attending kindergarten in the United States.

More than 13 percent of those students were in California. It had the most kindergarten students—526,390.

Here are the 10 states that had the most kindergarten students in 2017.

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Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy, senior editor, has written for AS&U on a wide range of educational issues since 1999.

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