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New Study Says Half-Day Kindergarteners May Have a Leg Up

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Kindergarten came about as a way for kids to get a head-start on learning, but the classes come in two flavors: full-day and half-day. One might think full-day students might have a leg up over their counterparts, but a new study in the journal Child Development suggests that’s not necessarily so.

Co-author Christine Li-Grining of Loyola University says part-day kindergartners often catch-up with full-day kids by third grade and actually pass them by fifth grade.

Chicago Public Radio’s Mike Rhee asked Li-Grinning what difference the school-day regimen can make.

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