Richland schools working to implement full-day kindergarten in whole district

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Richland schools are working to put full-day kindergarten throughout the entire district. The goal is to have it in place at all schools in five years.

In the meantime, Richland will add elementary schools as the budget allows. This year, Jefferson is testing out all-day kindergarten. Families were allowed to opt out but only a handful did. This parent is excited to send her kids to all-day kindergarten in the district one day.

"It's an excellent idea, the sooner the education the children get, the better they'll be in the future. And also, it's more convenient for the parents who have to make multiple trips back and forth to school if they have multiple kids, so I think it's a win, win situation for both the parents and the children," said a Richland parent, Jennifer Johnson.

Marcus Whitman and Jason Lee are the next two schools in line for all day kinder. The whole state will be mandated to make the switch by 2018.