Minimum Required Days/Hours for Kindergarten
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Minimum Required Days/Hours for Kindergarten

March 2014


Minimum Required Days/Hours for Kindergarten: the minimum number days in a school year, and number of hours required for full and/or half day kindergarten in state statute.

The number of instructional hours required in state statute for kindergarten students varies greatly, from:
• A minimum of 2 hours per day, or 360 hours/year assuming a 180 day school year
Arizona: 356-712 hours/year (~2-4 hours per day)
Illinois, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Vermont: either 2 hours per day or 360 hours per year
 
• A maximum of 7 hours per day, or 1,260 hours per year using a 180 day school year
Texas: 7 hours per day for full-day kindergarten (~1,260 hours per year)

Note: Numbers in parenthesis are ECS estimates to make comparison easier across states.
 

Minimum Required Days / Hours for Kindergarten
Alabama Same schedule as the elementary school in which the Kindergarten program takes place
Alaska 180 days per year; or
740 hours per year
(~ 4 hours per day)
Arizona 180 days per year
356 - 712 hours per year
(approximately 2 to 4 hours per day)
Arkansas 6 hours per day for full-day kindergarten
(~1080 hours per year)
California 3 hours per day (inclusive of recess)
(~540 hours per year)
Colorado 450 hours for half-day kindergarten
(~2.5 hours per day)
900 hours for full-day kindergarten
(~5 hours per day)
Connecticut 180 days
450 hours for half-day kindergarten
(~2.5 hours per day)
900 hours for full-day kindergarten
(~5 hours per day)
Delaware 1060 hours
(~6 hours per day)
District of Columbia 180 days per year
5 hours per day
(~900 hours per year)
Florida 720 hours per year for full-day kindergarten
(~4 hours per day)
Georgia 180 days per year
4.5 hours per day for full-day kindergarten
(~810 hours per year)
Hawaii 180 days
Idaho 450 hours per year
(~2.5 hours per day)
Illinois 2 hours per day for half-day kindergarten
(~360 hours per year)
4 hours per day for full-day kindergarten
(~720 hours per year)
Indiana Not specified in statute
Iowa Local school board decision
Kansas 186 days per year
465 hours per year
(~2.5 hours per day)
Kentucky 185 days
Louisiana 177 days per year
6 hours per day
(~1062 hours per year)
Maine 175 days per year
2.5 hours per day for half-day kindergarten
(~440 hours per year)
Maryland 180 days per year
1,080 hours per year
(~6 hours per day)
Massachusetts 180 days per year
425 hours per year for half-day kindergarten
(~2.4 hours per day)
900 hours per year for full-day kindergarten
(~5 hours per day)
Michigan 549 hours per year (1/2 of minimum requirement for grades 1-12)
(~3.25 hours per day)
Minnesota 425 hours for half-day kindergarten
(~2.25 hours per day)
850 hours for full-day kindergarten
(~4.5 hours per day)
Mississippi 180 days per year
5 hours per day
(~900 hours per year)
Missouri 3 hours per day
(~574 hours per year)
Montana 360 hours per year for half-day kindergarten
(~2 hours per day)
720 hours per year for full-day kindergarten
(~4 hours per day)
Nebraska 400 hours per year for half-day kindergarten
(~2 hours per day)
1,032 hours per year for full-day kindergarten
(~5.75 hours per day)
Nevada 2 hours per day
(~360 hours per year)
New Hampshire 180 days
450 hours per year
(~2.5 hours per day)
New Jersey Local decision
2.5-3 hours considered half-day
(~450-540 hours per year)
6-6.5 hours considered full day
(~1,080-1,170 hours per year)
New Mexico 180 days per year
990 hours per year for full day kindergarten
(~5.5 hours per day)
450 hours per year for half-day kindergarten
(~2.5 hours per day)
New York 2.5 hours per day for half-day kindergarten
(~450 hours per year)
5 hours per day for full-day kindergarten
(~900 hours per year)
* For schools with double or overlapping sessions the minimum hours are 2 and 4.
North Carolina 185 days per year or;
1,025 hours per year
(~5.5 hours per day)
North Dakota 175 Days
2.8 hours per day for half-day kindergarten
(~480 hours per year)
5.5 hours per day for full-day kindergarten
(~960 hours per year)
Ohio 182 Days per year
2.5 hours per day for half-day kindergarten
(~450 hours per year)
5 hours per day for full-day kindergarten
(~900 hours per year)
Oklahoma 6 hours per day
(~1,080 hours per year)
Oregon Determined by State Board of Education
Pennsylvania 180 days per year
2.5 hours per day
(~ 450 hours per year)
Rhode Island 180 days per year
5.5 hours per day for full-day kindergarten (excluding lunch, recess)
(~990 hours per year)
South Carolina 180 Days per year
6 hours per day for full day kindergarten
(~1080 hours per year)
South Dakota Local school board sets number of school days
437.5 hours per year
(~2.5 hours per day)
Tennessee 180 days per year
4 hours per day
Texas 180 days per year
3 hours per day for half-day kindergarten
(~540 hours per year)
7 hours per day for full-day kindergarten
(~1,260 hours per year)
Utah 180 days per year
2 hours per day for half-day
(~360 hours per year)
4 hours per day for extended-day
(excluding lunch)
(~720 hours per year)
Vermont 175 days per year
2 hours per day
(~350 hours per year)
Virginia 180 days per year
3 hours per day
(~540 hours per year)
Washington 180 days per year
450 hours per year for half-day kindergarten
(~2.5 hours per day)
1,000 hours per year for full-day kindergarten
(~5.5 hours per day)
West Virginia 180 Days
5.25 hours per day
(~945 hours per year)
Wisconsin 180 days per year
437 hours per year
(~2.5 hours per day)
Wyoming 175 Days

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