Enrollment in all-day kindergarten programs is booming in Kansas. The state Department of Education says it's more than tripled over the past decade. In the last school year, more than 27,000 students were enrolled in such programs, compared with about 8,000 during the 1998-99 school year.
And the enrollment during the 2007-08 school year was 25 percent higher than it was the previous school year. One reason is state aid. The state has dramatically increased its aid to public schools in recent years.
Much of the money has gone to help students who are considered dropout risks, and the state says all-day kindergarten programs qualify. But hiring more teachers and finding space are still issues.