H.R.1971: Universal Full-Day Kindergarten Act


Universal Full-Day Kindergarten Act (H.R. 1971) would establish a grant program through the Department of Education (ED) to reward eligible entities for the purposes of carrying out free, full-day Kindergarten programs for the full school year. This bill would 4-to-1 federal matching funds to carry out high-quality, full-day Kindergarten programs taught by qualified teachers. An eligible entity is defined as a state or local educational agency.


Talking Points

  • The National Education Association (NEA) supports the legislation, stating that it would "ensure that kindergarten-aged children have early-education experiences that spark their desire to learn, including opportunities for developing cognitive, physical, and behavioral skills and for understanding how to process and manage emotions. Representative Gallego’s bill is a crucial step in ensuring that all children, regardless of where they live, have the support they deserve in our nation’s schools."
  • The National Assembly supports Universal Full-Day Kindergarten, as it would give more students the opportunity during their developmental years and beyond.

Our Stance




Bill Number


Date Introduced

March 28, 2019


House Education and Labor Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled