The Elmont UFSD offers a developmentally appropriate full day kindergarten program to approximately five hundred kindergarten students.  Children who attend full-day kindergarten learn more in reading and math over the kindergarten year than those in half-day programs.  Full-day kindergarten students have more time and opportunity to play with language, explore subjects in depth, have a more flexible, individualized learning environment, and have more individual and small-group interactions with the teacher and less time in large group instruction than is possible in most half-day classrooms. Children’s knowledge of early literacy concepts increased during full-day kindergarten and this improved students’ reading achievement for the next 4 years At-risk students who receive full-day instruction make significantly greater progress in language proficiency than comparable children in half-day kindergarten.