On October 6th Molly Farmer wrote in the Deseret News:
"The state is considering if and how to fund optional extended-day kindergarten throughout Utah."
Brenda Hales, associate Superintendent from the State Office of Education, told lawmakers about the pilot program in its fourth year that is currently serving more than 8,000 students. Teaching students for a full day instead of half has been proven to dramatically improve a child's literacy, particularly for at-risk children. When children show up on their first day of class, some have never been read to, while others can read full paragraphs and spell their names.
We will have to monitor this legislation in January as funding talks begin.