Full-Day Kindergarten Coming to All Chicago Public Schools Next Year

By Tanveer Ali on February 25, 2013 12:48pm | Updated on February 25, 2013 2:18pm

 Chicago Public Schools will offer full-day kindergarten at all schools starting next school year.
Chicago Public Schools will offer full-day kindergarten at all schools starting next school year.
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CHICAGO — Full-day kindergarten is coming to all Chicago Public Schools starting next school year, officials said Monday.

In the last two years, CPS has increased the number of kindergartners in full-day classes by 6,000 to 26,500. Next year the school system will provide full-day classes to all 30,700 children in kindergarten classrooms, officials said.

“Guaranteeing full-day kindergarten for the first time gives every student a full education from the very start," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "From early learning on up through college, we are making smart, critical investments that support our students’ bright futures."

The $15 million initiative will be funded by spending cuts in CPS administrative offices and energy savings, officials said.

State law does not require districts to offer full-day kindergarten classes.

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