Where are all the kindergartners? Pandemic creates rare gap year
Amy Neier carefully wrote "first day of kindergarten" on a whiteboard and posed her 5-year-old son Hunter with the sign to capture the milestone she had long waited for. Then Hunter headed off for another year of preschool instead. Neier and parents across the nation are skipping kindergarten in droves during the most tumultuous school year in generations. Frustrated by the thought of sticking their 5-year-olds in front of screens during the pivotal first year of school, they are sending their children to extended preschool, forming learning pods or foregoing formal instruction altogether.
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