Senator Loughran Cappel

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel, a staunch supporter of education, supported a new law requiring the option for full-day kindergarten across the state.

“Research shows the positive impact of getting kids in the classroom at an early age,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “Creating access to education at every level is significant to set students up to be lifelong learners.”

Parents who live in districts without the option of full-day kindergarten are often faced with additional barriers to preparing their children for early elementary school. These barriers include, but are not limited to, mid-day transportation, loss of income due to being home with the child or finding additional child care, and ensuring developmentally appropriate activities are being provided throughout the day.

Currently, it is optional for school districts to offer full-day kindergarten. The Loughran Cappel-backed law provides full-day kindergarten options with developmentally appropriate play-based learning opportunities for families throughout the state.

“Full-day kindergarten will give parents peace of mind knowing their child is in a stable learning environment preparing them for early elementary school,” said Loughran Cappel. “I was proud to support expanding access to full-day kindergarten for families across the state, giving students every opportunity they deserve.”

House Bill 2396 was signed into law Wednesday.