Thursday, March 29, 2007

School Schedules Part 5 - Full Day Kindergarten

The below post is the fifth and last post in a series dealing with alternatives to the traditional school calendar and school day. Beginning in the 2007/2008 school year, all Charles County Public Elementary Schools will offer full day kindergarten.

An article by the Center for Public Education...

Half-day kindergartens are still the norm. Only 12 states require that students attend kindergarten, although most states (41 and the District of Columbia) require that public schools offer a kindergarten program. State policies regarding kindergarten have not changed much in the past decade, with nine states requiring full-day programs (compared with 10 in 1995), 23 states requiring half-day programs, and 12 requiring either of the two (Cavell et al., 2005). Only nine states report no policy on the matter.

Reported Benefits

Children in full-day kindergarten classes learned more during the year in both reading and mathematics compared to those in half-day classes

Read more HERE.

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