SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Local families would have expanded access to full-day kindergarten under legislation recently introduced by state Rep. Mary Beth Canty, D-Arlington Heights.
“Requiring full-day kindergarten is a common sense solution to closing the achievement gap and setting our youngest learners up for a lifetime of success,” Canty said. “Full-day kindergarten not only benefits students, but also allows teachers to know their students better and increases access to safe, dependable child care for working parents.”
Currently, school districts may provide either half-day or full-day kindergarten. Canty’s House Bill 2396 requires school districts to establish kindergarten with full-day attendance beginning with the 2023-2024 school year. Research from the National Education Association demonstrates that full-day kindergarten improves students’ academic achievement, strengthens social and emotional skills, and produces long-term educational gains for low income and minority students.
“Our children are our greatest resource and it’s time we start treating them as such. When we invest in our youngest learners, everyone benefits,” Canty said. “We must give Illinois students the classroom time they need to reach their full potential, and full-day kindergarten is the way to do that,” Canty said.”
For more information on Canty’s legislative agenda, please visit www.ilga.gov.