Twice as many Washington kids will get free, full-day kindergarten this fall.
The new state budget pays for all-day kindergarten in 269 more schools across the state, including eight schools in Seattle.
In most Washington public schools, half-day kindergarten is the norm, and families that want full-day classes have to pay several hundred dollars a month.
State law requires that by 2017, all public schools offer free, full-day kindergarten.
The state is rolling it out first to schools with the highest percentage of low-income students.
Five schools in Mukilteo had to turn down the money because they don’t have the classroom space for longer kindergarten classes.