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SUPPORT FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN IN BARRINGTON, RI

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      Barrington Supports Full Day Kindergarten

PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION IN SUPPORT OF FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN IN BARRINGTON, RI.  PLEASE JOIN US IN VOICING YOUR SUPPORT.  

Why is Full-Day Kindergarten the right move for Barrington in 2013?

COMMON CORE STANDARDS:

In the coming 2013-2014 academic year, the State of Rhode Island, along with 44 other states, will be fully implementing the Common Core State Standards.   Adoption of these standards is mandated by the State.  They are written and designed for full-day kindergarten programs. These same standards apply for all kindergartners whether or not there is access to full-day or half-day kindergarten.  Currently, Barrington students will be accountable for acquiring their foundation for lifetime learning in half the time.

FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS EXPERIENCE GREATER GAINS IN ACADEMICS:

According to the Children’s Defense Fund (2012), when compared to their half-day peers, students who participate in full-day kindergarten are better prepared for school and are equipped with stronger learning skills.  They show faster gains on literacy and language measures when compared to half-day kindergarten students, have higher academic achievement in later grades, and maintain better attendance in kindergarten and through the primary grades.  Full-day kindergarten students have reduced retention and remediation rates. Longitudinal data also demonstrates that children in full-day classes show greater reading and mathematics achievement gains than those in half-day classes.  The landmark Early Childhood Longitudinal Study found that children in full-day classes were much more likely to spend more than an hour a day on literacy (68% full-day vs. 37% half-day) and mathematics (81% of full-day vs. 52% of half-day) than part-day students.  

FULL-DAY STUDENTS EXPERIENCE GREATER GAINS IN SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT:

Children in full-day K programs have more time to participate in meaningful learning activities than children in half-day programs do.  Children who experienced longer programs were better prepared for the transition to first grade, show significant gains in school socialization, and have enhanced social, emotional and behavior development than students in half-day programs (Children's Defense Fund, 2012). 

THE CURRENT KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM SACRIFICES SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Currently, kindergarten students in Barrington are keeping up with the standards at the expense of their social-emotional development and instructional methods that foster the love of learning.  By adopting a full-day kindergarten program, Barrington will recognize the need for our youngest students to develop into learners, allowing time for exploration and play.  A full-day program helps build social skills, enhances the joy of learning, and provides children with exposure to other curriculums (e.g., Social Studies, Science, and the Arts).  A longer program provides our young students with time for play, exploration, and mastery. 

MOST RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICTS OFFER FULL-DAY K:

In the 2012-2013 school year, 68% of Rhode Island kindergartners were in full-day kindergarten, compared with 18% of kindergarten students in 1999-2000.  Rhode Island’s current rate of full-day kindergartners is lower than the U.S. rate of 77%. During the 2012-2013 school year, 21 RI school districts offered universal access to full-day kindergarten programs and 26 RI school districts offered at least one full-day K class.  Barrington is part of the minority, with Coventry, Cranston, Exeter-West Greenwich, Glocester, Johnston, Scituate, and Tiverton. Portsmouth recently decided to implement full-day kindergarten in 2013-2014. (Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook, 2013)

BARRINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE REKNOWNED FOR THEIR HIGH CALIBER AND FULL DAY K IS CONSISTENT WITH OUR EDUCATIONAL VISION:

Our public education supports our high property values, and has, in part, helped the town weather the dramatic effects of the housing crisis evidenced more significantly throughout the State.  Support of Full-Day Kindergarten is in keeping with our high educational standards.

FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN IS A QUALITY INVESTMENT: 

Research demonstrates that investment in quality early education has a rate of return as high as $3 for every $1 invested.  Implementation of full-day kindergarten can be a cost-savings mechanism to reduce rates of retention and expensive remedial programs, such as special education services and referral to specialists to remedy gaps in learning.

THE CASE FOR FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN IS STRONG AND SO IS THE VOICE OF OUR COMMUNITY.  PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION IN SUPPORT OF FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN IN BARRINGTON TODAY.  PLEASE FORWARD TO OTHER BARRINGTON RESIDENTS.  

To:
Barrington School Board Members
Committee on Appropriations Members
Barrington Town Council Members
PLEASE VOTE IN FAVOR OF FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM, BEGINNING IN THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Please attend the Financial Town Meeting- 5/22 7PM

      On Wednesday, May 16, the Barrington School Committee voted in favor of implementing full-day K beginning in 2013-2014 IF sufficient funds could be found to fund it without disrupting funding to other programs currently in the budget (i.e. technology initiative). They voted knowing that there was a motion to add $633,000 to the school budget which would be voted on at the Financial Town Meeting (FTM). The FTM is this Wednesday, May 22, at 7:00 in the High School Auditorium. Please attend and vote in favor of All-Day K for 2013-2014. Those present at the meeting will decide the fate of All-Day K.

    2. Save the Date- May 22- Financial Town Meeting, 7PM

      The most important thing you can do to ensure that Barrington has full-day K in the fall is to vote at the Financial Town Meeting, at 7:00 Wednesday, May 22, at the High School to support funding for full-day K. Simple majority rules at this meeting! All Barrington citizens in attendance will have an opportunity to vote on a motion that will add $633,000 to the 2013 – 2104 School Department budget.

      This figure, proposed by the school department, includes costs associated with hiring five additional teachers and eleven classroom aides; providing additional student transportation; and purchasing supplies. There is sufficient space currently available in each of the elementary schools for the additional classrooms required, and school administrators are certain that qualified teachers are available. This amendment will result in a property tax increase of $0.23 per $1,000.00 of assessed value.

    3. Barrington School Committee Meets Tonight- Please voice your support

      According to the East Bay Times and Barrington Patch, the Barrington School Committee meets tonight at 7:30 in the School Committee Room to discuss All-Day Kindergarten. Please join us to voice your support.

    4. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Alison Brown WARREN, RI
      • 8 months ago

      The benefits of full-day kindergarten outweigh the benefits of part-day. We chose to move to Warren instead of Barrington and a huge factor in that decision was that Warren offered a full day kindergarten program. My daughter's friends who learned in a part-time kindergarten were not as proficient in reading as my daughter was and I contribute that to a full-day program.

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    • Tina Cottrell POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
      • 9 months ago

      We are planning on moving to Barrington in the next year and our current district has FD Kindergarten. Our son made exceptional progress in the FD program. He entered barely being able to write his name, and at the end, was reading. We are seeing the rigors of Common Core now, and there is just no way a half day K program can prepare the kids for 1st grade CC demands. Full day also offers the socialization and routine that young kids need. I am surprised that a district like Barrington is struggling to implement FD Kindergarten. You are doing a disservice to your young learners and cmmty.

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    • Jason Bartlett RIVERSIDE, RI
      • over 1 year ago

      Transgender people are banned from joining the military. Like the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/transmilitary We need as many people as possible to support this cause in order to show the government this is an important cause. "Don't ask don't tell" isn't over yet. The military still discriminates against transgender people. Don't ask don't tell only affected sexual orientation. Gender Dysphoria is now the classification in the DSW medical book so the military has no reason to discriminate based on the fact that a mental health diagnosis can prevent transgender people from serving in the military. Unfortunately, at this time they can prevent transgender people from serving in the United Stated military. Here are some articles about it: The New DADT: The Military's Ban on Transgender Service: http://outservemag.com/2012/01/the-new-dadt-the-militarys-ban-on-transgender-service/ and http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2012/10/for-transgendered-soldiers-dont-ask-dont-tell-carries-on/264225/

      My dad always dreamed of me joining the Coast Guard. As a kid, like passing by, he'd be like "[Jason], that’s the Coast Guard. They pay for school and its fun." So, it stuck. Passing by the Coast Guard with my dad was just as important as going to a nature walk with him, because he was concerned about my future, and those times I’ll never forget. Please sign the petition to help his dream and mine for other transgender people come true.

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    • Kathleen Gantz BARRINGTON, RI
      • over 1 year ago

      Still within our reach:

      *Please attend the School Committee Meeting June 6 @ 7:30pm in Town Hall and carpool with friends and neighbors

      *Please email the superintendent & school committee members in support of Full Day K prior to the June 6th meeting

      funds are still available, lesson plans are prepared, classrooms are available, and teachers are at the ready. we can do this together!

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    • George Charlton BARRINGTON, RI
      • over 1 year ago

      Father of a 5yo boy who starts kindergarten this fall, unfortunately half-day kindergarten. Early education is critical to long-term success in education. Our children deserve the standard of full-day kindergarten that is common in neighboring towns with much lower taxes.

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