Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts?

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies

Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts?

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 

Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Citations
Alabama Yes — Full-Day Admin Code: 29051.01
Alaska No
Arizona Yes — Half-Day Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-703
Arkansas Yes — Full-Day Code Ark. R. 005.15.2-11.0
California Yes — Half-Day Cal. Educ. Code § 46117
Colorado Yes — Half-Day Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-32-119.5
Connecticut Yes — Half-Day Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-15 
 
Delaware Yes — Full-Day Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1049
District of Columbia Yes — Full-Day D.C. Code Ann. § 38-2807
Florida Yes — Half-Day
Georgia Yes — Half-Day Ga. Code Ann., § 20-2-151
Hawaii Yes — Full-Day Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 302A-411
Idaho No Idaho Code Ann. § 33-208
Illinois Yes — Half-Day or Full-Day 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/10-20.19a
Indiana Yes — Half-Day Ind. Code Ann. § 20-26-5-1
Iowa Yes — Half-Day Iowa Code Ann. § 280.3
Kansas Yes — Half-Day Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3216 ;
Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3216
Kentucky Yes — Half-Day Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.100 ;
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann § 157.320
Louisiana Yes — Full-Day La. Stat. Ann. § 17:151.3
Maine Yes — Half-Day Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 1001;
Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 1258
Maryland Yes — Full-Day Md. Code Ann., Educ. §7-101 (e)(1)
Massachusetts Yes — Half-Day 603 Mass. Code Regs. 8.01 et. seq.
Michigan No Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1147
Minnesota No Minn. Stat. Ann. § 124D.02
Mississippi Yes — Full-Day Miss. Code. Ann. § 37-21-6
Missouri Yes — Half-Day Mo. Ann. Stat. § 160.051;
Mo. Ann. Stat. § 160.041
Montana Yes — Half-Day or Full-Day Mont. Code Ann. § 20-7-117
Nebraska Yes — Half-Day Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-728 ;
Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-212
Nevada Yes — Half-Day Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 388.060;
Nev. Admin. Code 387.131
New Hampshire No N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 198:48-a
New Jersey No. Abbott Districts are required to offer full-day kindergarten. N.J. Admin. Code §18A:44-2
New Mexico Yes — Half-Day N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-13-3;
N.M. Admin. Code 6.30.5
New York No. Exception: districts are required to offer full-day kindergarten in Syracuse, New York City, Rochester, Utica, Buffalo, Cohoes, Watervliet, and Yonkers school districts. N.Y. Educ. Law § 1712
North Carolina Yes — Full-Day N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-47;
N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-84.2
North Dakota Yes — Half-Day N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-22-01
Ohio Yes — Half-Day Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3321.05;
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3313.48
Oklahoma Yes — Full-Day Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 18-108
Oregon Yes — Half-Day Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 336.095
Pennsylvania No 24 Pa. Stat. Ann. § 5-503
Rhode Island Yes — Full-Day 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-99-3
South Carolina Yes — Full-Day S.C. Code Ann. § 59-35-10
South Dakota Yes — Half-Day S.D. Codified Laws § 13-26-2;
S.D. Codified Laws § 13-26-1
Tennessee Yes — Full-Day Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-201
Texas Yes — Half-Day Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 29.152;
Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 29.151
Utah Yes — Half-Day Utah Code Ann. § 53A-3-402.7;
Utah Admin. Code r. R277-419
Vermont Yes — Half-Day Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16, § 821
Virginia Yes — Half-Day Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-199;
8 Va. Admin. Code 20-131-150
Washington Yes — Full-Day Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.150.315
West Virginia Yes — Full-Day W. Va. Code Ann. § 18-5-18
Wisconsin Yes — Half-Day Wis. Stat. Ann. § 121.02(3)(g)
Wyoming Yes — Half-Day. School districts must establish and maintain relationships with a district that offers one full-day kindergarten. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-3-110

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