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Twice As Many Wash. Kids Get Free Full-Day Kindergarten

KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

Twice as many Washington kids will get free, full-day kindergarten this fall.

The new state budget pays for all-day kindergarten in 269 more schoolsacross the state, including eight schools in Seattle.In most Washington public schools, half-day kindergarten is the norm, and families that want full-day classes have to pay several hundred dollars a month.

State law requires that by 2017, all public schools offer free, full-day kindergarten.
The state is rolling it out first to schools with the highest percentage of low-income students.

Five schools in Mukilteo had to turn down the money because they don’t have the classroom space for longer kindergarten classes.

Year started with KUOW: 2008