The 21st Show

What full day kindergarten means for Illinois’ future


(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Today, we're discussing the recent law signed by Governor JB Pritzker that mandates full-day kindergarten by the end of the decade, exploring its potential to enhance student achievement and social-emotional development. We uncovered the arguments for and against this new education policy and its implications for districts, parents, and students.


Dr. Amanda Quesenberry
Professor, School of Teaching and Learning, Illinois State University

Emily Warnecke
Chief of Staff, Illinois Association of School Administrators // Deputy Director of Governmental Relations, Illinois Association of School Business Officials.

Jill Springer
District Elementary Literacy Specialist for Community Unit School District 428 in DeKalb