Preschool Enrollment in the United States: 2005-2019. By: McElrath, Kevin and Bauman, Kurt. 2021. U.S. Census Bureau.

From 2005 to 2019, preschool enrollment underwent several changes in the United States. Over time, preschool enrollment expanded despite declines during the aftermath of the Great Recession. Further, a major shift towards public school took place for preschool enrollees, and today roughly 60 percent of preschool enrollees are in a public program. These changes align with state and local governments’ efforts to expand preschool programs over the last couple of decades.