Recently released data from The U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey shows that the enrollment rate at U.S. schools rose slightly between 2020 and 2021, as approximately 1% more people under age 35 enrolled in school.
Some key findings:
- Preschool Enrollment – Preschool enrollment among children ages 3 to 4 rose substantially from 40% in 2020 to just over 50% in 2021. Enrollment didn’t return to its pre-pandemic 2019 level of 54%.
- Elementary and Secondary Enrollment – Total enrollment in kindergarten rose from 3.7 million in 2020 to 4 million in 2021.
- College Enrollment – College enrollment remained low in 2021, with total college enrollment of 17.3 million, falling below pre-pandemic levels for the second straight year.