Here you'll find a compilation of testimonials and media content of Utahn's sharing why they support funding Full-Day Kindergarten Expansion.

2022 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

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PARENT TESTIMONIALS

3 of my 4 kids had full-day kindergarten in other states and it was a great balance of academic and play time. They were much more prepared for first grade with it. It’s too bad that my fourth kid went to kindergarten in Utah because he would have benefitted the most academically from full-day. He has an IEP and they didn’t go through the diagnostic process until first grade because they didn’t want to pull him out of 3-hour kindergarten for resource. My other three were all academically confident going into kindergarten. - Briawna Ainge Hugh

I would like to comment as a parent whose first three children had full-day kindergarten in North Carolina, whose fourth child was in OEK here in Utah, and whose fifth child had half a day kindergarten that was pandemic interrupted.

The difference in what full-day kindergarten kids learn vs half day is kind of astounding. I have watched it in my own home. The benefits to all-day kindergarten are measurable and those benefits continue long-term. 77% of American students have full-day kindergarten and I have experienced firsthand how that puts Utah kids at a disadvantage if they move to a different state. We are behind. (And our kindergarten teachers are absolute rockstars. They do the most amazing work, but they simply don’t have enough time with these kids.) - Becca Riding

My son could have really benefitted academically from full-day kindergarten, and my daughter who is currently in kindergarten doesn't need it academically but is really ready for all day school socially/emotionally. I wish it was an option for everyone. - Kira Joy

I don’t understand why it’s not done. Longer days allow for more breaks (which the kids need) and more learning.

We lived in Amsterdam and my kids started school full-day at 3. Granted, the 3 year olds got a nap, but they handled it very well and loved learning through play at first and then transitioning into more structured learning. - Tawni Fagan Packer

** Comments were shared on the Utah Parents Involved in Education public Facebook group.

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