All-day kindergarten is taking hold in my town, presumably to help kids meet higher educational standards. What it's really all about is a further relinquishing of parental responsibilities to the schools. Parents are just becoming lazier and lazier as they stick their kid into one form of daycare or another starting the very day the child is born. All-day kindergarten, after-school care, school breakfast, riding the bus, summer care... It's not for the benefit of the kids, it's for the benefit of the parents who won't step up and do what they need to do. Increasingly more parents are refusing to make the transition from self-centered individual to selfless guardian. And our society makes it easier for them to do so, saying that things like all-day kindergarten will help improve children's language and number skills through repetition, activity, and individual attention. Those are skills that parents are supposed to be teaching their young ones, but now that the schools have taken away even more of their responsibilities mom and dad can spend more time working out or scrapbooking or whatever the hell else they do instead of raising their own kids.