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The Whole Truth About Half Day Kindergarten
The Whole Truth About Half Day Kindergarten

AIR DATE: March 7, 2013

Gov. Brian Sandoval wants to expand full-day kindergarten to 46 more at-risk schools, on top of the 114 schools in Nevada that already offer all-day classes. Democrats in the legsilature want to go one better and expand full-day kindergarten to every school in the state. We'll talk about the costs and benefits of full-day kindergarten and whether it is the best way to improve our educational system.


Joan Almon, Founder and Director of Programs, Alliance for Childhood

Keith Zvoch, Education Professor, University of Oregon

Brett Campbell, Coordinator, Assessment, Accountability, Research and School Improvement Division, Clark County School District

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    All day K is the newest grade to be added to school. K used to be the "get ready for school time" transition between home life and "grade school", now its working on being just another grade. Meanwhile up in Carson City they are planning to start with School District run Preschools in Title 1 schools. Next will be preschool programs at all schools, then mandatory school attendance for 3 & 4 year olds. Starting it in the Title 1 schools sends a message to the low income people of our state that they are not deemed competent to parent their children for school readiness so here is a "FREE" gov program to do it for you. The fact that the school district is involved is probably against our State Constitution.
    Suzan D ReedMar 1, 2013 10:39:06 AM
    From what I've read, studies show that all-day kindergarten has ZERO effect on future academic achievement. With that in mind, I'm guessing that most parents view it as "free" day care. Unfortunately, it is NOT free, but is paid for by others... others who probably have better things to do with their money than pay for day care for their neighbor's kids!
    Tom HurstFeb 28, 2013 15:34:04 PM
    You speak bravely on the thing that they do not want to include in this conversation. The free extended child care the all K will become. Except of course, like you also said, its NOT FREE.
    SUZAN D REEDMar 1, 2013 10:29:57 AM
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