October 18th, 2012

LISTEN: Lisa Guernsey, New America Foundation

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The Common Core, a new set of academic standards being adopted nationwide, states that children should be able to “read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding” by the end of kindergarten. Guess what? Only 10 states and the District of Columbia mandate that schools provide full day kindergarten. 34 states only require schools to offer half day programs, and six states do not require their schools to provide any kindergarten at all.

To find out how many children are actually enrolled in pre-K and kindergarten programs, producer Cat McGrath spoke with Lisa Guernsey from the New America Foundation. The foundation recently released the report Counting Kids and Tracking Funds in Pre-K and Kindergarten.

You can click the red play button above to hear the interview.

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