All children deserve the best opportunities to succeed and achieve the American dream. And our system of free universal public education for children ages five through eighteen is the cornerstone for creating that opportunity.
The last several decades have seen an abundance of research stressing the importance of the early years of a child’s education and extolling the benefits of quality early learning initiatives. Full-day kindergarten is one such initiative.
Full-day kindergarten results in increased academic achievement and school readiness for participants. It not only produces positive, long-term economic benefits for individuals and society, it also results in immediate returns for families, schools, and Washington State’s bottom line.