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North Carolina Kindergarten Enrollment Shows Steep Decline

Since the earliest days of the new school year, national media have reported a decline in kindergarten enrollment nationwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, preliminary data from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI), released on Oct. 20, provides a first look at how many kindergartners are attending public schools across the state this year. North Carolina, along with 30 other states, does not require children to attend kindergarten.

Average daily membership (ADM) in kindergarten, a measurement the state uses to understand how many students are in schools, declined by 15.21% percent since last year across the state’s district schools.

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