Need for Full-Day Kindergarten Is Lost in Pre-K Debate, Critics Say

The New York Times

March 6, 2014


Nationwide, according to recent census data, 76 percent of American kindergartners attend full-day programs, but the estimate does not account for how many hours constitute a full day and that some families have to pay tuition for the second half of a kindergarten day, Melanie Hartzog, executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund in New York, said. Ms. Hartzog said most states require public schools to offer kindergarten, and several of them, including Arkansas, Oklahoma and South Carolina, require children to attend it on a full-day basis equivalent to the time they would spend in first grade. But New York is one of five states where school districts are not required to offer any kindergarten.
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