Full day kindergarten began in all three Plainville elementary schools on September 5, according to Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey Kitching. The full day kindergarten program was approved at a special meeting of the Plainville Board of Education on June 26.
The expansion of the kindergarten program in Plainville to full day was done at no cost to the Board's 2012-13 budget, due to additional funding received through the Open Choice program and the elimination of mid-day bussing costs for half day kindergarten.
The full day program offers a number of benefits including small class sizes, increased learning time, additional time to monitor student progress and individualize instruction, and more opportunity for parent and family communication. Research relative to full day kindergarten presented at the June 26 Board of Education meeting showed that children who attend full day kindergarten demonstrate increased classroom engagement, more productivity, fewer behavior problems and increased social development. Currently 12 out of 15 school districts in Plainville's District Reference Group (DRG) now have full day kindergarten programs in place, and more than half of all Connecticut school districts offer a full day kindergarten program.
"The full-day program gives our talented teachers the time and opportunity to focus on all aspects of early childhood development, and better insures our students have the readiness skills they need going forward. This is a much needed educational addition for the children of Plainville and we are very grateful our Board approved the initiative," commented Kitching.
-Posted on September 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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