Full-Day Kindergarten

Full day kindergarten class

A full-day kindergarten program will allow Hillsborough Township Public Schools to spend additional time with our youngest learners. It will also lessen the effects of our state aid reduction by enabling us to receive full funds for these students rather than only partial funding. 90% of New Jersey districts have full day kindergarten, we are one of only three districts in somerset county with a half day program. New Jersey Student Learning Standards for kindergarten are more easily met when children are in school for a full day.

As part of the district's Strategic Planning process, a work group was created to research the learning opportunities that a full-day kindergarten and preschool program provides to children. To view the work group's research, please click here. There is a thorough reference section at the end of the report regarding the benefits of full-day kindergarten. Below are some additional resources that are available online.


Children's Defense Fund. (2012). The State of America's Children Handbook (Rep.). -- https://www.childrensdefense.org/child-watch-columns/health/2012/the-state-of-americas-children-2012/ 

Libassi, C. J. (2014, December 5).
Best research yet on the effects of full day kindergarten (Rep.). doi: https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/fullday-k-research/

National Center for Education Statistics, 2010. “Kindergarten requirements, by State: 2010.” http://nces.ed.gov/programs/statereform/tab5_3.asp

New Jersey Department of Education Division of Early Childhood Education New Jersey. 2011. Kindergarten implementation guidelines (pp. 1-101, Rep.). Retrieved  at 

Sege, I. (2012, May 8). Full-day kindergarten should be universal.
Common Wealth. Retrieved November 8, 2017, from https://commonwealthmagazine.org/education/006-full-day-kindergarten-should-be-universal/

Van Roekel, D. (2008). Full-day kindergarten helps close achievement gaps.
NEA Policy Brief - NEA Education and Policy Department, 1-4. Retrieved from http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/HE/mf_fulldayk08pb12.pdf

WestEd Policy Brief (2005, April). Full-Day Kindergarten: Expanding Learning Opportunities -- https://www.nj.gov/education/ece/k/FullDayK.pdf


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