Kindergarten Gets Longer in Virginia

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Kindergartners in Fairfax County, Va., no longer get to go home and nap halfway through the day. This fall, Fairfax joins Maryland and Washington, D.C., in lengthening kindergarten to a full-day event. While the more-than-twice-as-long day might be daunting for some five-year-olds, research shows that longer kindergarten days enhance early literacy development, especially for low-income families and children for whom English is a second language. Having a full day to teach the same material also allows children more time for exploration, play and questioning that may help them better understand what they learn.