Westchester United pushes for full-day kindergarten in Westchester & Rockland counties

Dozens of parents and local community members from the group Westchester United gathered in Port Chester today to fight for the 5-year-olds in Westchester and Rockland counties.

Dozens of parents and local community members from the group Westchester United gathered in Port Chester today to fight for the 5-year-olds in Westchester and Rockland counties. (3/18/14)

PORT CHESTER - A group in Westchester is fighting to guarantee that all 5-year-olds in the state get full-day kindergarten.

Dozens of parents and local community members from the group Westchester United gathered in Port Chester today to fight for the 5-year-olds in Westchester and Rockland counties.

According to the group, school districts across the state have considered cutting back on kindergarten in the last few years.  Some, they say, have even threatened to eliminate it entirely.

By law, school districts are not required to provide the curriculum, but Westchester United members say it's no excuse.

"The earlier a child gets into an educational program, the greater chance they have to succeed, and have higher graduation rates," says the Rev. Bruce Baker.

A bill to allow full-time kindergarten in both counties is currently being debated in the state Assembly.

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