Whitman-Hanson: District to offer free full-day kindergarten

It’s been talked about for more than a decade, and now The Whitman-Hanson Regional School District has decided to offer free, full-day kindergarten, starting in the fall of 2014.

The district’s cost will be about $750,000 per-year, half of which will be reimbursed by the state.

The savings for parents will be about $3,200.

The School Committee said the decision to make full-day kindergarten free was based on the benefits for students, who are more likely to excel academically later on.

Budgetary concerns, combined with the still-struggling economy, are the reasons why the program won’t start next fall.

About Garo Hagopian

Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.