MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The number of 4-year-olds enrolled in kindergarten in Wisconsin increased more than 22 percent this school year.
The state Department of Public Instruction says 37 more school districts added 4-year-old kindergarten this year, helping to explain the increase.
Three hundred nineteen Wisconsin school districts offer 4-year-old kindergarten. Nearly 34,000 students were enrolled this year. That compares with nearly 28,000 last year and about 14,000 in 2001.
State schools Superintendent Libby Burmaster attributed the growth in programs to state grants that help districts defray the costs.
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