Offer Full-Day Kindergarten to Allendale Families!
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Allendale is one of only four towns left in Bergen County that does not offer full-day kindergarten—or immediate on-site care after early dismissal.
This leaves no viable solutions for safe, affordable care after school hours, and signals to parents that Allendale does not believe in meeting their needs.
The town is shortchanging our children and putting additional stress on families who will be forced to bus their children to facilities in neighboring towns, which is more expensive, less safe, and less convenient than staying on-site at school and having afternoon kindergarten five days per week.
Offering full-day kindergarten or on-site aftercare is the sensible thing to do: children can remain safely on-site, parents will not have to juggle stressful logistics and additional expenses, and this would not result in a tax increase. (The present modified schedule is structured so that all kindergarten teachers are already continuing to teach for the full day; extending kindergarten would not require a tax hike to cover extended personnel hours).
SIGN THE PETITION to tell our paid leaders and public servants to address this outstanding need and offer full-day kindergarten. **Please list your full address as proof of residency in the comment section below, thank you!**
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