NJ eyes mandating full-day kindergarten

A new bill being considered would make full-day kindergarten programs a statewide requirement. New Jersey doesn't require school districts to offer full-day kindergarten programs, except

Supporters of full-day kindergarten say it will better prepare kids for the state's education standards.

Supporters of full-day kindergarten say it will better prepare kids for the state's education standards. (2/11/13)

TRENTON - A new bill being considered would make full-day kindergarten programs a statewide requirement.

New Jersey doesn't require school districts to offer full-day kindergarten programs, except for some areas with a higher concentration of low-income families.

Supporters say the extra hours spent in school would help prepare the state's youngest students for the New Jersey's strict education standards.

"If we're truly serious about our students having equal access … to education, then we have to do a better job of deciding our role on kindergarten in our educational system," says Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-Paramus).

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