A new proposal in the Wisconsin Assembly could expand educational opportunities for some of the state’s youngest residents. Two bills circulating in Madison would make it easier for school districts to offer full-day four-year-old kindergarten to families while another would open the door for three-year-olds to join them. The proposals come from the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, which included Rep. Joel Kitchens of Sturgeon Bay. Karen Corekin-Delamer from the Northern Door Children’s Center in Sister Bay appreciates lawmakers making early childhood education a priority. She fears the proposals come at the expense of high-quality infant and toddler care early childhood learning centers like hers provide.
Some school districts like Southern Door and Kewaunee have already made the switch to full-day 4K programs.