The extra time will allow towns time to adjust their budgets for the new mandate, state education officials said.
Plans call for a new assessment, known as a "kindergarten-entry profile," to be introduced statewide in 2017.
Parents as Teachers, an organization that provides support to families, has worked to maintain a routine as the St. Louis-area suburbs struggle with racial unrest.
A top personal finance group urges college students not to major in child studies.
Children who attended a full-day program were also less likely to be chronically absent, says a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
Children in full-day kindergarten programs made much bigger leaps in early reading skills than their schoolmates attending traditional half-day programs, according to a new University of Virginia study.
Early childhood education advocates in South Carolina see an opportunity to expand services now that a 21-year-old legal battle has been decided in favor of better funding for poor and rural regions of the state.
Montana, one of nine states with no state preschool program, is a step closer to offering it after a vote by the state board of education last week.
An update to a 25-year-old report on child-care worker salaries shows that those who work with the youngest children tend to earn the least, regardless of educational level.
The newly-passed legislation, headed to the president's desk, would implement quality and access improvements to a law that hasn't been modified in nearly 20 years.