Granite United Way's Official Statement on Full Day Kindergarten
April 25, 2017
Official Statement on Full Day Kindergarten
Patrick Tufts, President and CEO of Granite United Way
As the largest United Way in New Hampshire, dedicated to students learning at all levels, Granite United Way supports early, comprehensive and sustained pre-primary education.
Data consistently shows the positive outcomes that full day Kindergarten programs have for both students and teachers when compared with their half day peers. These include; increased academic gains in reading and math, stronger teacher-student relationships, and earlier identification of learning challenges. These outcomes are especially important for children in low-to-moderate income households, who are most at risk for falling behind and remaining behind academically. Full-day Kindergarten would provide New Hampshire children equal opportunity for lifelong benefits in employment, income, and healthy behaviors.
Granite United Way focuses on three impact areas for its investment decisions: Education, Financial Stability and Health. The outcomes of full day Kindergarten fall in line with Granite United Way’s focus areas.
For additional information on Granite United Way’s position, please contact the office at 603.625.6939.