As some families struggle with distance learning, educators say they are noticing a large group of students missing from the roster this year: kindergarteners.
A recent survey of nearly 500 educators found more than half are seeing a decline in kindergarten enrollment.
According to the "Parent Institute for Quality Education," many kids are already feeling behind because schools had to close last spring.
Gloria Corral, President and CEO of the Parent Institute for Quality Education, said, "Things that we believe are so important as educators is really around creating routines, developing habits, things like self-soothing."
Kindergarten is not required in some parts of the country, so some parents are opting for kids to skip it.
School leaders worry that a drop in enrollment could have an impact on state funding.