In Indiana, a school corporation is required to provide a kindergarten program for eligible students. Although providing a half-day kindergarten program satisfies this requirement, a school corporation may provide a full day kindergarten program as an alternative or in addition to a separate half-day kindergarten program. Additional funding for providing a full day kindergarten program is available through a Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) Grant.
On March 20, 2012, Governor Daniels signed House Enrolled Act 1376. This new law provides an opportunity for each school district and charter school to receive $2,400 per student enrolled and attending full day kindergarten on the September count date. It should be noted that any school receiving this grant may not charge a fee for students enrolled in a full day kindergarten program for the school year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013. School districts and charter schools must apply for the grant in order to receive this funding.
- General Guidance for Funding FDK Programs (2012-13)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Kindergarten Programs
- Supplement, Not Supplant
Information about Full Day Kindergarten
- Kid's Source - What Parents Should Know about Full Day Kindergarten
- Kindergarten Brochure
- Kindergarten Entrance Law
- Making the Most of Kindergarten: Present Trends and Future Issues in the Provision of Full Day Programs
- Short-Lived Gains or Enduring Benefits? The Long-Term Impact of Full Day Kindergarten
- The Effects of Full Day vs. Half-Day Kindergarten: Review and Analysis of National and Indiana Data
Benefits of Full Day Kindergarten
- Teachers reported significantly greater progress in literacy, math, general learning skills, and social skills for full day children.
- Researchers find strong support for quality full day kindergarten programs among parents and educators.
- The full day schedule allows more appropriate challenges for children at all developmental levels.
- Full day kindergarten programs can result in social benefits.
- Full day kindergarten programs can result in academic benefits.
- School corporations in Indiana that currently provide full day kindergarten also find academic and social benefits.
- The number of transitions kindergartners face in a typical day can be reduced by full day kindergarten.
- Two-way transportation can be an important benefit of full day kindergarten.