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
Illinois, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Vermont: either 2 hours per day or 360 hours per 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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