Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)


Educational Leadership


The education of 5-year-old children will always be a perplexing issue among parents, teachers, and administrators within the educational community. For many decades, the adults involved in the education of our kindergarten age children have debated the best methodology to use within these unique students. History reveals that kindergarten programs have traditionally been structured in a half-day setting. However, in recent years, the trend is shifting from providing a half-day kindergarten program to a program designed to utilize each minute of an entire school day. According to the Iowa Department of Education's annual report (2000) only 25% of Iowa schools offered a full-day kindergarten program during the 1985 school year. Whereas, 15 years later, 81% of the public schools in Iowa are currently offering a full-day kindergarten program.


Ed.S. Field Project Presented to the Department of Educational Administration and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Educational Specialist University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Kevin Elwood May, 2002