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Full-day Kindergarten Is Great for Kids, so Why Isn’t It Required?

The academic gains of kids who attend full-day kindergarten are well-documented, but most states pay only for half-day kindergarten and don’t require students to attend it.

Early learning advocates and politicians have spent a lot of time in the past five years talking about preschool. But for the benefits of preschool to be sustained, experts argue, children must continue to receive a high-quality early elementary education.

Full-day kindergarten, which has been shown to boost academic gains for students well into elementary school, could be critical.