District to offer free full-day kindergarten
The 58 Mesa Public Schools elementaries will offer free full-day kindergarten for the 2009-10 school year.
Full-day kindergarten will be open to children who will be 5 years old before Sept. 1. The schools will also offer a half-day experience for parents who want this option. If a school does not have enough students enrolled in half-day kindergarten, a child may attend the full-day program for half of the school day.
In addition, the district will offer a tuition-based program for younger learners on many elementary campuses next school year. This program is open to children who will have their 5th birthday between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31.
Debra Duvall, superintendent, said that full-day kindergarten offers students an excellent foundation in academic skills and better prepares them as they continue to first grade. The kindergarten curriculum is age-appropriate and focuses on the physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth of the child.
Although the Arizona Legislature has not yet released a decision about funding for the full-day program, Dr. Duvall said it was important that parents know the status of the kindergarten program now so they can make plans.
Registration for kindergarten programs is still available. Documents needed for enrollment are the child’s birth certificate, immunization records and a utility bill or other paperwork showing the child’s home address.
The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 12.