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Full-day kindergarten raises reading skills

July 25, 2003

The average school day for kindergartners has gotten longer - and it's paying off in improved reading skills, a new government study shows.

Public schoolchildren who attended kindergarten for a full day showed more reading improvement than those enrolled in half-day programs, according to an analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics.

The study tracks a sample of 1998 kindergartners through the fifth grade, both in public and private schools. It found that full-time kindergarten translated into more time for reading and phonics.

Most states permit school districts to offer full-day kindergarten but don't require it. About 98 percent of American children attend at least a half day of kindergarten, researchers said.

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