Chilean Education System

Pre-school or early education

This is the first level of education in the Chilean education system and it is provided free-of-charge for children up to the age of six.

Sunday, August 02, 2009  
Educación Parvularia

Pre-school coverage has increased substantially over the last few years. The category currently extends throughout the entire country, covering over 30% of the total population under the age of six.

Education for this category is not obligatory, but the benefits provided by personalized education for boys and girls is so important that it is even considered an effective mechanism for interrupting the poverty cycle. Pre-school education is provided by a wide range of public and private institutions, including the following:

1. Municipal and Subsidized Private Schools: These are free of charge and attend children between the ages of 4 and 6.

2. Subsidized private schools with shared financing: these attend children between the ages of 4 and 6, are financed by contributions from parents (monthly payments) and State supervision. These are supervised by Mineduc (Chilean Ministry of Education).

3. Preschools and day care centers managed by the National Board of Early Education (JUNJI): attends children between the ages of 3 months to 6 six years old. These are free of charge and are supervised by Junji.

4. Private preschools and day care centers: these attend children between the ages of 3 months and 6 years old. These are paid for and supervised by JUNJI if registered.

5. Day care centers managed by Integra Foundation: these attend children between the ages of 3 months and 4 years old.

6. Preschools and day care centers managed by companies: these attend children between the ages of 3 months and 6 years old. They are free of charge and suprevised by Mineduc or Junji.

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