On Thursday June 1, the full House will vote on SB 191, granting additional state funding for all districts who offer full-day kindergarten. Full-day kindergarten is a critical program for Granite State children and families - it's important for early childhood development, working families, and businesses in the state. Your representatives need to hear from you about why full-day kindergarten is good for New Hampshire. Call them today and make sure your voice is heard.
Hi Representative ____________,
My name is ________ and I live in __________. I'm calling you today to ask you to vote 'ought to pass' on SB 191 regarding full-day kindergarten.
- SB 191 increases full-day kindergarten funding from the state by $1100 per student in all districts that choose to offer full-day K
- The bill establishes keno in New Hampshire and directs the keno revenue to the Education Trust Fund, providing additional revenue to be used for funding full-day kindergarten
- SB 191 as amended was voted Ought to Pass by House Finance 26-0
- All school districts that currently have or expand to full-day K will get the funding
- Children who have full-day K enter school more prepared; they do better with the transition to first grade, show gains in school socialization, and are equipped with stronger learning skills
- Children in full-day kindergarten show lasting gains in academic achievement, increased graduation rates, and reduced crime rates, saving the state money in the long run
- Full-day K is a workforce issue: it supports working families and allows parents to get to work
- It’s good for business – the BIA and multiple chambers of commerce have come out in full-fledged support of FDK
- Full-day K is important to combat the effects of the opioid epidemic, mitigating Adverse Childhood Experiences and helping to prevent future substance misuse