Payday comes for all-day kindergarten

Evansville Courier & Press

Payday came recently for Indiana public and charter schools that now operate full-day kindergarten classes and do not charge parents a fee for the classes. That is thanks to the Indiana Legislature more than doubling state assistance to schools that offer this key educational reform.

Indeed, educators and child development experts agree that early childhood education is essential to giving children a needed head start on learning. Not everyone agrees. The discussion before increasing state assistance pitted supporters who recognize the utter importance of early education against those who think kindergarten is little more than expensive baby-sitting.

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