Road to Full Day 1993 A few classes full- day, every other day 1994 One full-day class in each school. Selection by lottery 2002 All classes half day 2004 One full-day class in each school. Selection by lottery 2005 All classes full-day
35 year comparison 1973-74 State mandated half- day program 2.5 hours per session Snack time with parent paid fee Expectations minimal, emphasis on social 2007-08 State mandated half- day program 9am-3:15pm in DD Free breakfast, school lunch Expectations high, emphasis on academic
Full-day Kindergarten in DD 800 students in 27 classrooms HQ teacher and an instructional assistant in each classroom, additional assistance for larger percentages of ELL students 75% qualify for free/reduced meal assistance 36% qualify for ESL program 40% of students are Caucasian/English 1st
Beginning the year Summer opportunities Staggered start Readiness inventory
More time, so what Parents, teachers, administrators agree: Increase in students academic readiness for first grade Increase in social development More instruction in content areas More creativity More close knit classroom community
More time, so what In 2003-04, 35% of K students met mid-year benchmark on DIBELS Phoneme Segmentation Fluency. In 2007-08, 74% met that benchmark at mid-year. In 2003-04, 34% of K students met mid-year benchmark on DIBELS Nonsense Word Fluency. In 2007-08, 66% met that benchmark. Spring of 2004, 45% met end-of-year benchmark in Nonsense Word Fluency. Spring 2007, 85% met benchmark level.
More time, so what DIBELS assessments show better growth in performance for both first and second grade students, whose groups participated in full day kindergarten, than for third grade, where about one third of the students had a full day program. At-risk subgroups all showed growth in reading skills after participating in the full- day kindergarten program.
Kindergarten Facts 60% of children are enrolled in full-day public or private kindergarten programs Nine states mandate full-day kindergarten be offered Louisiana and West Virginia require attendance in full-day programs
The time has come Full funding for kindergarten with additional appropriation Optional, in consideration for facility concerns Movement toward QEM and catching up with other states
The time has come Full participation in quality readiness assessments to inform policy makers Coordinated efforts with early childhood for an effective, seamless system Emphasis on prevention, not remediation
The time has come Follow Supt. Castillos lead Pester your legislators Encourage your administrators The time is always right to do whats right Martin Luther King