Majority oppose funding for full day kindergarten in New Hampshire - 194 participants

Jan 04, 2017

This year, several legislators are sponsoring a 2017 bill, HB 155, which would acknowledge full day kindergarten programs, essentially doubling kindergarten funding for those school districts. The bill does not mandate that NH schools be required to offer full day kindergarten. Read more about this issue here. On January 4, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Do you support more funding for full day kindergarten?”

“Do you support more funding for full day kindergarten?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Full Day Kindergarten Funding Citizen Voices Chart

Participation:

A total of 97% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 3% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 194 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 506 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

What Participants Said:

No: A majority, at 60% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to increasing funding for full day kindergarten in New Hampshire.

  • “Our education funding is already maxed out and early education has questionable benefits.”
  • “Half day is more than enough, especially in our failing school systems.”
  • “The parents of the children need to pay for full day kindergarten.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 40%, were in favor of increasing funding for full day kindergarten in New Hampshire.

  • “Early childhood development is the key to prepare these babies for school. It will also help the working moms and dads.”
  • “I think it's time to fund full day kindergarten so that more than just the fortunately well-off can afford to send their kids to kindergarten.”
  • “Having had two kids who attended full day [kindergarten] in my district, I can 100% see the benefits of a full day schedule.”

Other: As noted above, 3% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.

  • Current status in New Hampshire: “There are multiple elementary schools where I live and each one has a free kindergarten program.”
  • Sharing personal experiences: “I had half day kindergarten and there [were] no major issues.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

 

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Related Bill

HB 155 (2017)
Bill Status: In Committee
Hearing date: Jan 12, 2017

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