ERIC Number: ED327268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug-8
Reference Count: 0
Feasibility Study Concerning Mandatory Half-Day Kindergarten and Mandatory and Voluntary Full-Day Kindergarten.
Humphrey, Jack W.
Based on data from all 50 states, this feasibility study recommends that kindergarten attendance be mandated for children in Indiana starting in 1993. It further recommends that: (1) school corporations be funded for full-day kindergarten on the same basis as other grade levels, with a full day of reimbursement for full-day kindergarten children and a half day of reimbursement for half-day students; (2) corporations that offer full-day kindergarten must offer parents the option of half- or full-day kindergarten; and (3) local property taxes be increased in proportion to the additional state-funded request for full-day students. Information supporting these recommendations is presented in sections that provide: (1) an overview of and rationale for kindergarten programs, including a list of characteristics of high quality kindergarten programs; (2) reasons for offering full-day kindergarten; (3) estimates of district readiness to provide half-day kindergarten on a mandatory basis; (4) estimates of the cost of mandating full-day kindergarten; (5) fiscal impact of and superintendents' views on voluntary full-day kindergarten for which parents pay on a sliding scale; and (6) superintendents' views on, and other states' experiences with, voluntary full-day kindergarten for which parents are not assessed a fee. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Indiana; Mandatory Programs; Program Characteristics; Voluntary Participation