SANTA CLARA, Calif.
(AP) The kindergarten schedule has changed, and kindergarteners in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood now have to stay at home until 4 p.m. every day to keep up with their new schedules.
The new schedule is part of the federal preschool and kindergarten initiative to ensure every child in the country has the same opportunities as their parents.
The new preschool schedule has been the subject of debate for years, and the new schedule comes after a similar rollout in several other Southern California communities.
The schedule has not been updated since the new school year began last summer.
In Santa Monica, for example, parents who chose not to send their children to kindergarten during the new kindergarten period are expected to keep them there.
The city will provide new programs and services for children, including a program to teach reading and writing skills.