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.