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.