CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Mimi Davis' Ruffner Elementary School classroom is bright, airy and kid-friendly.
Two computers sit on low tables, the walls are filled with indiscernible paintings on construction paper, and there's plenty of free space for floor sitting and movement.
For three and a half hours each day, more than a dozen preschool-aged children are at home there. They eat a meal, play, do some learning and maybe some dancing - and then they're packed up and sent home for the rest of the day.
By next year, that could change.
If Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has his way, those children, and many of the more than 14,000 children enrolled in state preschool programs across West Virginia, will spend a full day in the classroom.
In last week's education-heavy State of the State address, Tomblin said he would introduce legislation requiring every county to offer full-day preschool for 4-year-olds within three years.
At Ruffner, and other schools around the state, that would effectively double the size of the pre-school program. After Davis' morning class leaves, another comes in for an afternoon session. To accommodate all those children on a full-day schedule would require another classroom, teacher and assistant teacher.
"We couldn't do it here," Davis said.
The move could cause logistical problems in school districts where the state programs are built on a half-day model. That's primarily in Kanawha, Berkeley and Jefferson counties, according to Clayton Burch, executive director for the state Department of Education's Office of Early Learning.
When it implemented a state preschool system a decade ago, the state left it up to local school districts to build their programs as they saw fit. Now, if Tomblin's mandate is approved, it will be up to those districts to find resources for full-day programs.
The call for full-day preschool is not as revolutionary as it may appear.
West Virginia already has state-funded preschool in every county - a program that began in legislation a decade ago and reached full implementation this year, with every county school system offering a public preschool program available to all 4-year-olds.
An estimated 65 to 68 percent of West Virginia's 4-year-olds are enrolled in those programs, with another chunk of the population in federally funded Head Start programs for children from low-income homes.
However, about 19 percent of those children are in half-day programs. And around 5 percent have schedules somewhere between the half-day and full-day models - they're in the classroom from 16 to 23 hours each week.
There's scant evidence that the extra hours of instruction provided by full-day preschool programs are actually all that beneficial, but Diane Early, a researcher at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill who studies preschool quality, said that may just be because of a lack of evidence.