Sending your kids to kindergarten for a full day of school could have some lifetime benefits.

According to a study from UNLV’s School of Community Health Sciences and partners, a full day of kindergarten, might be linked to higher levels of educational attainment which could lead to a healthier and longer life.

The details of the study were compiled by Health Impact Assessment using publicly available data obtained from school districts in Nevada, as well as existing literature which analyzed some of the connections between full-day kindergarten, academic success, and health.

How?  The way the study is broken down, it looks like the domino effect. 
According to the findings, children enrolled in full-day kindergarten may end up striving to achieve a higher education at some point in their life.  By getting a higher level of education, you’re more likely to practice healthy behaviors such as exercising, avoiding tobacco and eating right.  By being healthy and making good choices, those students will reduce the risk of obesity, cancer, heart disease and other health conditions, and increase their life expectancy, according to the study.

Researchers also found evidence that children who attend full-day kindergarten, particularly in the short term, tend to achieve higher math and reading test scores than those in half-day programs. This theory appears especially true among Black, Hispanic, English-Language learners and low-income students.

For the full report go here.