State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., introduced legislation that would implement full-day kindergarten across the state.
“Educating children in a positive, structured environment enhances their development,” Fitzgerald said. “All children deserve these benefits and the best chance at success.”
House Bill 641 would require school board directors across the state to establish and maintain a full-time kindergarten program for children between ages 3 and 5. It would also develop a Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation Advisory Committee to develop plans and advise school districts on how to implement full-day kindergarten programs.
The legislation would require school districts to establish their programs by the 2020-21 school year.
Currently, most school districts in the state only offer half-day kindergarten. Some do offer full-day kindergarten.