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Release Date: February 1, 2013
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CDF has taken a snap shot of the status of kindergarten in America in order to focus the national, state and local dialogue on the missing half-step of our public school K-12 system. We conducted a thorough review of literature and state statutes, as well as research correspondence and calls with states’ department of education staff for clarification.
GREEN: Full-day kindergarten is provided at no charge to all children per state statute and funding.
ORANGE: State only requires school districts to offer half-day kindergarten and cannot charge tuition.
YELLOW: No state statute requires districts to offer any type of kindergarten program although many school districts offer half-day kindergarten at a minimum.
RED: State allows school districts to charge families tuition for the “other portion of the kindergarten day”.
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|Arkansas||Illinois||Michigan||New Mexico||South Carolina||West Virginia|
|California||Indiana||Minnesota||New York||South Dakota||Wisconsin|
It is our intent to report annually on the state of the state of kindergarten in America and to support the increase in Full-Day K as it becomes a required step in our K-12 system of public education.
Special thanks to Dr. Kristie Kauerz, Project Director, PreK-3rd Grade Education, College of Education, University of Washington for her assistance.