The White Salmon Valley School District is exploring options for funding a full-day/full-week kindergarten program for the 2006-07 school year.
The district has been researching the benefits of providing a full time program. In the research, the district has found evidence that student success in school increases in a full-day/full-week program
A few of these are listed below.
Test scores in kindergarten measuring reading, spelling, handwriting and individual skills are higher for students in full-day/full-week programs. Followed through the third and eighth grades, scores in reading and math tend to be higher.
In addition, students who participated in full-time kindergarten programs are less likely to be retained in first grade and half as likely to be referred to special education services.
There are increasing curriculum needs in kindergarten. Discovery-based curriculum takes more instructional time.
There are fewer daily transitions for students in a full-day program. A full-day/full-week kindergarten program has more consistency for students and helps with adjustments to first grade.
Parents who have children who are kindergarten eligible in the fall of 2006 or younger are asked to stop at Whitson Elementary School between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to complete a short questionnaire before April 12.
Input will assist in making the decision and pursuing possible funding options.