Poverty and pre-school enrollment levels on Long Island

The Number

1 in 3 LI children under 5 are enrolled in nursery/pre-school

Let’s explore the state of our pre-school enrollment on Long Island.

The first chart we will take a look at is the percentage of children under 5 who are enrolled in a nursery or pre-school.

Long Island compares favorably against New York as a whole. Generally speaking, children are more likely to be enrolled in nursery or pre-school, and that has stayed relatively stable from 2012 to 2017.

From here, we can dig a little deeper.

Broken out by poverty level, another picture arises – residents in poverty enroll their children in pre-school less.

More alarmingly, the rate for children in poverty has been trending downwards.

There is a large discrepancy between Nassau County and Suffolk County, and both counties have a lower than average enrollment rate for children in poverty compared to the state.

Data from American Community Survey 1 year 2012 – 2017

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