A kindergarten ( listen ; from German German pronunciation: [ˈkɪndɐˌɡaːɐ̯tn̩], which means literally "garden for the children", (the term was coined in the metaphorical sense of "place where children can grow in a natural way", not in the literal sense of having a "garden")) is a preschool educational approach traditionally based on playing, singing, practical activities such as drawing, and social interaction as part of the transition from home to school. The first such institutions were created in the late eighteenth century in Bavaria and Strasbourg to serve children both of whose parents worked out of the home. The term was coined by the German Friedrich Fröbel ( listen ) whose approach greatly influenced early-years education around the world. Today, the term is used in many countries to describe a variety of educational institutions and learning spaces for children ranging from two to seven years of age, based on a variety of teaching methods....LESS
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of 3- and 4-year-olds in state-funded classrooms rose slightly during the 2014-15 school year to almost 1.4 million, according to a national preschool report released Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest chiller from R.L. Stine and a middle-grade novel with a transgender theme are among this year's winners of the Children's Choice Book Awards. Seven winners were announced Friday by the Children's Book Council, a nonprofit trade association. Stine won in the kindergarten through second-grade category for "The Little Shop of Monsters."