Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels made a stop in South Bend this morning, touting what he thinks are the benefits of full-day kindergarten.
Many South Bend schools already have successful full-day kindergartens up and running, but not every school in the state can say the same.
Governor Daniels is proposing full day kindergarten be implemented in most Indiana schools by this fall and be fully functioning by the fall of 2009.
To encourage the program, the Governor met with students and teachers at South Bend's Tarkington Traditional School Wednesday, which has both full and half-day kindergarten.
Meanwhile, lawmakers approved a bill today that would make the program available in more schools this fall. At this point, the proposal does not include a plan for funding.
"We can have a majority of Hoosier kids in full day kindergarten this coming August, probably 4 out of 5 by one year after that. As long as we agree that is our top priority, and we don't let many other worthy causes crowd it out. We can do it this year and we should,” says Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.
The proposal calls for starting up the full-day kindergarten program for the schools with the neediest kids first. This bill now heads to another hearing next month for discussion. So, it's moving ahead with mostly bi-partisan support at this point.