State not fully funding all-day programs

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When first-graders arrived for their first day at Clark-Pleasant schools last fall, their teachers noticed a difference between them and their previous students.

The 6-year-olds, who spent last school year in full-day kindergarten, came to class knowing how to combine the sounds of letters, and they could recognize numbers.

That meant they were better prepared to start learning and mastering first grade reading and math lessons, director of curriculum and instruction Cameron Rains said.

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