There is a big push underway to provide all-day kindergarten at every Spokane public school, a plan which deviates from the normal half day program for kindergarteners.
While the district cites educational and social benefits from full-days some parents are still skeptical at the concept, which is not new. In fact, of the Spokane school district's 34 elementary schools 15 are already operating with all-day kindergarten, and they're eying seven more to be added to that list by fall.
"Research shows that a full-day kindergarten program provides students a great start to their elementary school experience," Linda McDermott, ex-Dir of Finance for Spokane Public Schools, said.
Spokane Public Schools argues all-day kindergarten better prepares five and six-year-olds for first grade and beyond. They have plenty of parents on their side.
"I think it's important for our kids to have education, the more education they get the better off they are in the long run," Jennifer Ferguson.