In Indiana, a school corporation is required to provide a kindergarten program for eligible students that are 5 years old on or before August 1 of the school year. 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.
In the 2013-2014 budget appropriation, IC 20-43-14 SECTION 302 states that school districts shall receive $2,448 for each full day kindergarten student reported on their ADM report for the 2013 school year in addition to one half of their funding formula allocation for each student.
In the 2014 school year, school districts will receive $2,472 per student based on the number reported on their ADM in addition to one half of their funding formula allocation. There is no separate grant application needed to receive this grant.
A school corporation or charter school that receives a distribution under this chapter may not charge a fee for enrolling in or attending full-day kindergarten in a school year.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Kindergarten Programs
- Kindergarten Entrance Law
- How can I help my child prepare for Kindergarten?
- Is your child ready for reading in Kindergarten?
- Is your child ready for mathematics in Kindergarten?
- Supplement, Not Supplant
- General Guidance for Funding FDK Programs (2012-13)
Information about Full Day Kindergarten
- Kid's Source - What Parents Should Know about Full Day Kindergarten
- 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.