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CPSD will provide full-day kindergarten at all elementary schools for 2015-16

Clover Park School District (CPSD) will provide full-day kindergarten at all elementary schools for the 2015-16 school year. Thanks to increased funding from the state, six more elementary schools will have kindergarten for a full day. During the first three days of school (Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 2-4), kindergarten teachers will hold family connection conferences. Kindergarten students begin attending school Tuesday, Sept. 8. The daily schedule is 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“Full-day kindergarten allows for increased instructional time, which leads to improved student achievement,” said superintendent Debbie LeBeau. “In addition to reading, writing and math, students will also spend more time learning about science, social studies and the arts.”

The 2015-17 state biennial operating budget passed June 30 increased funding for the number of kindergarten students in the state to receive full-day kindergarten to more than 71 percent. Next year, legislators plan to fund 100 percent of kindergarten classes in the state for the full school day. 

To receive state funding, districts must participate in the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS). WaKIDS focuses on family connections with teachers, whole-child assessments and early learning collaboration among kindergarten teachers and early learning professionals. School staff will contact families with kindergartners to schedule the family connections conferences.

Parents can contact their student’s school if they have any questions.