May 4, 2013 in Letters, Opinion

Expand all-day kindergarten


Recently, there has been talk about changing kindergarten from half day to full day. Across the nation, 65 percent of kindergarteners are in full-day programs, but in Washington that number is only 47 percent.

Expanding kindergarten to all day would make a positive impact for both kids and their families. Kindergarten is the base of a child’s education. If a child gets the full-day kindergarten experience, that extra classroom time could increase their future grades and test scores.

According to the League of Education Voters, kids in full-day kindergarten do better in subjects like math and reading and are less likely to have to repeat grades later. Full-day kindergarten also helps save parents money in child care costs. I believe if we get all-day kindergarten in all Washington schools, it will have a big impact and increase educational outcomes.

Gillian Hallock


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