ur children deserve the high quality early education no matter their zip code. Thanks to legislation sponsored by Rep. Mary Beth Canty, a bill to implement full-day kindergarten statewide now heads to Governor Pritzker's desk. (Illinois state Rep. Mary Beth Canty, D-Arlington Heights | Source: BlueRoomStream)

Bill implementing full-day kindergarten in Illinois ready for governor’s desk

(The Center Square) – A measure that implements full-day kindergarten throughout Illinois is now awaiting to be sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his signature. 

State Rep. Mary Beth Canty, D-Arlington Heights, filed House Bill 2396. It passed the House in March. After several amendments in the Illinois Senate last week, the House voted to concur Friday. 

State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, said the bill better prepares the state’s youth for the future. 

“Full-day kindergarten has shown to boost academic gains and prepare children for the social and emotional demands of early elementary,” Lightford said. “This can provide students and their families with sufficient support and opportunities in their early education career.”