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Mon May 31, 2004
All Day Kindergarten Gaining Popularity
Laramie, Wy – More students in Wyoming will be going to kindergarten all day in the future. The Department of Education's Kenya Haynes says there are currently 78 schools already offering longer sessions of kindergarten and the legislature set aside money for more districts to try making the change.
And Haynes says kids can adapt to the longer day because with most parents working two jobs most children are in day-care for about the same hours as all day kindergarten.
A former teacher, Haynes, says all day kindergarten means teachers can spend more time doing instruction and studies show that it does improve the performance of students.
Haynes says some schools will have trouble offering all day kindergarten because of a lack of space.