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Parents Talk: Should All-Day Kindergarten Be State Funded in Minnesota?

As a parent, do you support state funding for all-day kindergarten? Why or why not?

Among the first bills of the 2013 Minnesota Legislative session included one that would provide state funding for school districts to offer all-day kindergarten. Sen. Chuck Wiger, a co-author of a bill, said the funding would provide “an important step toward enhancing Minnesota’s commitment to quality education for all children.”

Some school districts in the Twin Cities are already providing all-day kindergarten at an extra or no cost. The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board reallocated funding - $1.5 million - to fund a free, all-day kindergarten program for the 2012-13 school year. Although, some questioned the sustainability.

In the Osseo School District, some Maple Grove and Plymouth parents have the option to pay to have their children to participate in the district’s tuition-based, full-day kindergarten programs. In the Minnetonka School District, extended day kindergarten is offered for an extra fee.

Since some school districts are already offering it, should Minnesota be footing the bill?

SHARE: As parents, do you support state funding for all-day kindergarten? Why or why not? Would you use (or have you used) all-day kindergarten? Do you think it helps? Share your opinion in comments.

Heyitsme January 19, 2013 at 09:52 PM
No work schedule will ever coordinate with an adult work schedule, kids would be in school from 6:30 am to 6 pm..for parents that commute
Heyitsme January 19, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Have four kids, youngest is a senior. I grew up with half day kindergarten, my girls did too, and we did preschool for two years at our expense.
Womanhearmeroar January 20, 2013 at 06:37 AM
I agree with George's comment completely! I have one kid who attended all day Kindergarten, and I did pay for it. I have two more where I will be doing the same thing. I would love to not pay for it, but I don't want to see my taxes increased to pay for it! If someone finds something else to cut from the state budget where we can use that money, I would be up for it. I'm not sure it is really necessary. Right now, there is little actual classroom education going on past when the half day kindergarteners leave school. They can't have these kids in two completely different places going into 1st grade. The full day kindergarteners get to attend all the electives like art, music, PE. They also go to lunch, lie down to rest, and have recess. The current half day kindergarteners are not really missing much other than more social interactions and the electives which can be done at home, the park, and on play dates. It is amazing how much classroom work they fit into 2-1/2 hours in the morning. The half day kids usually don't have recess and leave right before lunch time.
Al Anderson January 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM
What aspect of these efforts to have "head start:" "pre K education" and all day Kindgarten are much more about providing day care to some at everyone elses expense? I paid the full boat for my kids to go to Kindercare and the like....I fail to see why public schools need to be involved in hurting private business .... the same private businesses that pay taxes to support the schools.
Shannon January 24, 2013 at 07:16 PM
TUSHAY Mark! Good info

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