Delaware pilot full-day kindergarten evaluation: A comparison of ten full-day and eight part-day kindergarten programs, school year 2004-2005

In June 2004, the Joint Finance Committee of the Delaware General Assembly appropriated funds to establish ten pilot full-day kindergarten programs for the 2004-2005 school year. The purpose of the appropriation was to determine the efficacy of delivering differing models of full-day kindergarten programs throughout the state. Funds were awarded to ten fullday kindergarten models proposed by Delaware school districts and charter schools. The Joint Finance Committee required that programs receiving funding provide outcome data to be used for an evaluation of the full-day kindergarten programs. The Delaware Department of Education contracted with the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies to conduct the evaluation of the ten full-day kindergarten models and a set of up to ten comparison part-day kindergarten programs.