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Schools across US brace for surge of kindergartners in fall

Updated: Jun. 13, 2021 at 10:11 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Districts across the country are hiring kindergarten teachers and preparing summer programs as they brace for a supersized class that will include more children. Many parents this past year decided to wait an extra year to enroll their children because of the pandemic.

Public school enrollment tumbled last fall nationwide, but the sharpest drops were in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs.

With large amounts of federal relief money available, school districts are taking a range of approaches to prepare.

It remains uncertain just how big kindergarten classes will be in the fall. Regardless, education leaders say they expect to addressing the effects of the pandemic for years.

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