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State-funded Full-day Kindergarten and WaKIDS: A Status Report Webinar May 13, 2013 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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1 State-funded Full-day Kindergarten and WaKIDS: A Status Report Webinar May 13, :30 pm – 4:00 pm Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

2 Agenda Legislative status, priority list, decision timeline Requirements to receive funding Finding classroom space Getting started with WaKIDS Preparing for the Family Connection –Possibility for late school start Planning for summer teacher training WaKIDS waiver process Additional resources Full-day Kindergarten (FDK) Symposium on August 5 – Lynnwood ESD regional assistance Contacts Answer questions

3 Legislative Status Three Budget Proposals: Impossible to know final outcome, but will likely be somewhere between House and Senate proposals 2013 – 14 % of K Students funded 2014 – 15 % of K Students Funded Governor50% House37.6%53.2% Senate30%35%

4 Decision Timeline The “final” priority list posted on OSPI Apportionment website by May 22 Not clear when Legislature will adopt a final budget Last possible day of Special Session: June 12 After a budget is adopted: Within 3 business days, OSPI distributes a bulletin with eligibility list School districts notify OSPI that they want to accept funding – How much time should we give districts? If funds remain, OSPI notifies districts with schools that have the next highest levels of free/reduced price lunch eligibility

5 Statutory Requirements (RCW 28A ) Priority list based on free/reduced lunch eligibility in October of prior year Once funding is received, funding continues even if F/R eligibility decreases At least 1000 hours of instruction A curriculum that offers a rich, varied set of experiences that assist students in: Developing skills in reading, mathematics, and writing Developing communication skills Providing experiences in science, social studies, arts, health and physical education, and a world language other than English Acquiring large and small motor skills Acquiring social and emotional skills Learning through hands-on experiences

6 Statutory Requirements (continued) Establish learning environments that are developmentally appropriate and promote creativity Demonstrate strong connections and communication with early learning community providers Participate in kindergarten program readiness activities with early learning providers and parents Administer Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)

7 Finding Classroom Space School Districts indicated that 203 schools lack classrooms for FDK Governor Inslee provided $10 million in his proposed Capital Budget for classroom space Neither House nor Senate Capital budgets have $s There are concerns that FDK will displace preschools currently in buildings Also, new state-funded preschool (ECEAP) expansion to occur within state-funded FDK school boundary areas Send Bob Butts an if you are interested in a Webinar specifically on finding classroom

8 Why WaKIDS? Smoothing transitions to kindergarten Informing instruction Building collaboration across early learning and K–12 sectors Informing local and state policy 8

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10 Implementing the Family Connection Determine kindergarten schedule and timing for conferences. Options include: “Slow start” of half-day of school, half-day of conferences “Late start” of school to allow full days for conferences “Jump start” prior to first day of school Schedule conferences with families Ensure that each student meets his/her own teacher 10

11 Whole Child Assessment Prior to October 31, teachers assess students’ strengths Using Teaching Strategies GOLD®, teachers assess six areas of development and learning -Physical, social-emotional, language, cognitive, mathematics, literacy The assessment is administered once a year. Teachers can voluntarily evaluate students more than once to document growth 11

12 Summer Training In July – August, each ESD will host two-day trainings for teachers new to WaKIDS and one-day trainings for teachers returning to WaKIDS Newly hired teachers will have training options in September Teachers will be compensated and reimbursed for travel For dates of training in each ESD, see: 12

13 Two Types of Waivers for WaKIDS 180-day waiver to provide full-days for meetings with families at the beginning of the year Waiver from implementing WaKIDS in 2013 – 14

14 180-Day Waivers for Family Connection 2013 legislation (HB 1723), if signed by the Governor, will allow districts to use up to 3 school days for the purpose of meeting with families to meet the requirements of the Family Connection component of WaKIDS. Districts needing more than 3 days may: Apply for a 180-day waiver from the State Board of Education Using early release days or evenings for family meetings does not require a 180-day waiver

15 Waivers from WaKIDS Implementation Districts can apply for waivers from implementing WaKIDS (RCW 28A ) Five districts received waivers in 2012 – 13 Waiver decisions are made by the SPI, in consultation with the Director, Department of Early Learning Applications will be due 21 days after the budget is adopted The waiver application will be available on the WaKIDS website.

16 Full-Day K Symposium Designed to provide kindergarten teachers, principals, and administrators practical information in how to create successful full-day kindergarten programs August 5, Lynnwood Conference Center $50 Registration Fee; free clock hours available Sponsored by OSPI, AWSP, WASA Hosted by NWESD: Anacortes Register at:

17 Full-day Kindergarten/WaKIDS Regional Support All ESDs will be offering assistance in designing a successful FDK/WaKIDS program For further information, contact your ESD List of FDK and WaKIDS ESD Coordinators available on the OSPI website

18 District Checklist Notify OSPI through iGrants that the district will accept the state funding Prepare for WaKIDS Family Connection Determine when family connection meetings will take place and when kindergarten classes will begin Schedule individual meetings with families Two-day teacher training (required) Contact your ESD to determine dates for WaKIDS trainings, and inform teachers to register for trainings

19 Additional Information Full-day K Symposium (August 5): OSPI Web Pages: Full-day Kindergarten: ESD Full-day K Coordinators, requirements, resources for educators FDK Eligibility List (After May 22): WaKIDS: Summer training schedules, ESD WaKIDS Coordinatorswww.k12.wa.us/WaKIDS/ OSPI Contacts: State-funded Full-day K: Bob Butts WaKIDS: Kathe Taylor Gretchen Stahr Breunig


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