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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.