The state is funding all-day kindergarten for the first time next school year. The new spending legislation signed by Governor Daniels last month doubles the amount of funding provided by the state for kindergarten.
But Monroe County Community School Corporation Director of Elementary Education Cameron Rains says he doesn’t foresee a dramatic increase in kindergarten enrollment, which began this week.
“Looking at the last several years in Monroe County Schools our numbers remain pretty level from kindergarten into first grade. And obviously what that tells us is that most students who meet the age requirements for kindergarten are in fact coming to Kindergarten,” he says.
Rains says previously the school corporation only had enough funding to fully pay for half-day kindergarten, so parents wanting to enroll their children for the full day would have to pay the difference.
But Rains says most kindergarten students were already enrolled for the full day.
“Last year, for example, out of our 843 students enrolled, there were only 42 students who were half-day students,” he says.
He says he hopes this additional funding will encourage more parents to enroll their children for the full day.