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.