Several districts, including Exeter and Dunbarton, are considering expanding their kindergarten programs to full-day, reported NHPR. There are numerous benefits to full-day programs, and more districts are offering them despite the lack of state funding. Towns are responsible for coming up with the funding differences on their own, but many districts have recognized the importance of early childhood education:
“We’ve run a two-and-half hour half-day kindergarten program for many, many years and we’ve worked really hard to do what we can but it’s limited in what we can do,” says Steve Adler, principle of Main Street School. “We’re working really hard to try and bring full-day kindergarten here to Exeter.”
Some, including Lyme, have considered charging tuition for the public programs, but voters in those districts opposed the measures.
The state legislature has considered funding full-day programs in several sessions, most recently in 2016 with HB 1563. The House Education Committee voted to pass the bill, but it was killed in the House by a vote of 205-152.
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