Parents, teachers and administrators from 37 Fairfax County elementary schools are lobbying the School Board to resume the process of expanding full-day kindergarten to all schools.
In the mid-2000s, Fairfax County Public Schools officials developed a plan to establish full-day kindergarten programs at all 137 elementary schools in the county by the 2009-10 school year. However, budget constraints stalled the plan in fiscal 2009, leaving 37 schools with only half-day kindergarten programs.
More than a decade after the Fairfax School Board decided to bring full-day kindergarten to the county's 139 elementary schools, nearly a third of them are still waiting for the longer school day. Progress has sputtered and stalled in recent years as the economy soured, and now the board might reverse course.