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Full-day Kindergarten in a PreK-3rd Grade Strategy


Wednesday February 18, 2015 @ 3pm - 4:30pm

Improving the quality of and access to full-day kindergarten is too often ignored in early education discussions, yet it is central to a strong PreK-3rd grade continuum. While studies have shown that children benefit from full-day kindergarten, making gains in early reading skills, early math skills, and in other areas such as social skills, most states do not require districts to provide it. As a result, many children do not have access to tuition-free, full-day kindergarten. And for those that do, a “full-day” could range from 4 to 7 hours per day and vary greatly in quality. It’s not just about more time. Expectations for kindergartners and their teachers have increased. Children enrolled in half-day kindergarten receive less instructional time; are more likely to experience a narrowed curriculum; have less time for experimentation, exploration, and socialization; and enjoy fewer opportunities for play. In this webinar, we will explore what a high-quality classroom experience should include (from a practicing teacher’s perspective); understand how a focus on high-quality full-day kindergarten is enhanced by ensuring it is coordinated and connected to what comes before and after (district’s perspective); review full-day kindergarten policy across the country; and critically examine the research.