Free all-day kindergarten rolls out across Minnesota

  • by: Kim McGuire , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 2, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Avery Bastian’s pink tennis shoes matched her backpack perfectly. Her Cinderella Thermos was filled. She’d memorized the all-important personal identification number she would need to get breakfast at Hale School in south Minneapolis. And while there was a slight moment of hesitation when her mom dropped her off at Dana Elfering’s classroom — “Don’t leave,” Avery whispered — her school career began, just like thousands of other Minnesota kids who start kindergarten this week.