Leaders say full-day kindergarten is key to early literacy

| October 12, 2016

By Lisa Irish • Arizona Education News Service • Arizona School Boards Association

On the heels of a new national report on the value of full-day kindergarten and the states that offer and fund it, Arizona leaders have renewed calls for increased focus and funding on what some have called “the new first grade” for its increased rigor, especially in reading.

Arizona political, business and education leaders say early literacy is key to increasing high school graduation rates, postsecondary attainment and developing a skilled workforce, and providing full-day kindergarten is the way to do that.

Many, including Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona State University President Michael Crow and superintendents from both large and small Arizona school districts, expressed their views at the “Power of K: Full-day Kindergarten’s Impact on Literacy Breakfast” in Phoenix on Sept. 20.

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