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Full-day kindergarten is coming to Spring Grove.

The Spring Grove Area school board approved a measure  Monday, March 26, for the program, starting with the 2018-19 school year.

Up to this point, the district has offered extended and half-day kindergarten programs.

“A traditional full-day program had been continuously examined, and additional study and exploration intensified over the past few months,” said district Superintendent David Renaut.

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“Continued research and input from a recent kindergarten registration survey ultimately supported moving ahead with full-day kindergarten for this coming year.”

In a news release, the district outlined several benefits related to full-day kindergarten,  including decreased failure and drop-out rates in students later in their academic careers.

It also noted the opportunity for Spring Grove students "to have a level playing field" as more districts implement full-day kindergarten and pre-K programs.

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Just last month, West York Area School District approved full-day kindergarten, which alsowill commence at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

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