JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) - Many local public schools are in the midst of implementing all-day, every day kindergarten because the state will only offer full funding for that option starting this fall.
Half-day kindergarten programs will only get half the state funding.
Districts found out this month what the financial consequences of not following through are. While some are fighting the state, Jenison Public Schools is one of many districts moving ahead with changes.
Jenison already is a step ahead of the curve.
They're technically a half-day kindergarten district, but they started a K+ program two years ago, for kids to go full-day if they want to.
School leaders say there have been a few challenges, and hope all-day kindergarten smooths those out.
Sandy Hills Elementary teacher Deb Macaluso has only ever known half-day kindergarten. She teaches reading and math.