By CARRIE SCHEDLER
3:00 PM EDT, March 24, 2012
Indiana school districts can now offer full-day kindergarten at no cost to parents, but private kindergarten program directors say they aren't worried about competing with a free alternative.
Marianne Surges, founder and head of The Montessori Center in South Bend says she doesn't expect to see a loss of enrollment in her kindergarten class next year.
She says her school's Montessori method offers something public schools can't and that some parents will always want a system outside of public school.
Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill Tuesday to allot an additional $80 million to cover costs for the full-day program.Dea Walls of the Goddard School in Zionsville says she can offer small classes and lower student-teacher ratios than any public school. She thinks those factors will keep her classrooms full.