Kindergarten for a day

A majority of kindergarteners now attend for a full day, reports the LA Times.

 Spurred by demographic, academic and sometimes economic factors, states and local school districts are embracing full-day kindergarten at a rapid rate.

In 1969, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, most American kindergartners attended shortened, usually half-day programs. Only 11% were in programs considered full-day — defined as more than four hours but usually closer to six. By 2000, the percentage enrolled in full-day programs had grown to 60%.

Children who start school without English fluency benefit from extra time in kindergarten. Working and would-be working moms like the extra hours of free child care.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    I believe the term is Creche. Why bother to send them home where they are subjected to untrained influences?

  2. At our local public school, they start the day with “Sunrise care”, then school (half or full day for kindergarten, full day after that), then “After care”

  3. Why don’t we just take them from the parents at birth?

    sarcasm off/

  4. If the other option is daycare, they might as well be in a full-day kindergarten program. I have an extremely low opinion of most commercial daycare programs.