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District 304 to Offer Full-Day Kindergarten

One of the arguments in favor of full-day kindergarten is the advent of Common Core standards that will initiate more-rigorous academic focus at every grade level.

District 304 to Offer Full-Day Kindergarten
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Rick Nagel contributed to this article. 


Full-day kindergarten will be offered this fall within District 304 in Geneva after the school board approved the measure 6-1 Monday night, according to the Daily Herald. 

Half-day kindergarten must still be offered under state law but it's unclear at this point if it will be offered at every District 304 school or at a central location, according to article. 

The Kane County Chronicle reports Geneva School District 304 Superintendent Kent Mutchler said the curriculum for full-day kindergarten will be "different but similar."

The program could cost the district around $1.14 million each year, which is $352650 more than the half-day program, and will also include a one-time startup cost of $78,000, according to the Kane County Chronicle. 

The School District 304 Board of Education heard a presentation in January from Director of Curriculum and Instruction Andrew Barrett, who headed the committee that studied options. The committee recommended full-day kindergarten for Geneva. 

The four options presented in January were to keep the present half day, go to a full day every day, go to a full day with parents having the option of a half day, or going to a tuition-based full-day system.

One of the arguments in favor of full-day kindergarten is the advent of Common Core standards that will initiate more-rigorous academic focus at every grade level.

About 75 percent of schools across the country have made the change to full-day kindergarten. St. Charles, Kaneland, Batavia, Oswego, Indian Prairie, Wheaton and West Aurora already have made the shift.

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