For years, education leaders across the state pushed for funding for full-day kindergarten. For this academic year, the state is covering most of the cost of such programs; but future funding is not secure.
There is no way to immediately gauge the success of full-day programs. In fact, we might not see any benefits for nearly a decade. But to make sure future students don’t lose out on any benefits from better preparation for the traditional classroom, state funding needs to remain in place.
Indiana schools receive tax dollars to pay for employees’ salaries and benefits based on the number of students enrolled, but schools receive half as much for kindergarteners as they do for students in Grades 1-12. Early last year, Gov. Mitch Daniels announced the state was increasing funding for full-day kindergarten programs with an additional $2,400 per student.