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53 CCSD schools to offer full-time kindergarten in 2013-14 — for a price

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The Clark County School District is now accepting applications for tuition-based, full-day kindergarten at 53 schools next year.

Since the mid-2000s, the School District has offered full-day kindergarten at some elementary schools with the resources and space to offer it.

Parents can pay $375 a month to keep their 5- and 6-year-old children in school for an additional three hours a day. The tuition — which comes out to about $3,100 a year — funds teacher salaries and facilities, and also includes a $100 registration fee.

Since there is no state funding for full-day kindergarten programs, they are offered at the discretion of individual school principals. Some schools serving students from low-income families use federal "Title I" funding to offer full-day kindergarten free of charge.

Last year, tuition-based, full-day kindergarten was offered at 69 elementary schools. The 53 schools offering tuition-based, full-day kindergarten in 2013-14 include Northwest Career and Technical Academy.

Even during the recession, full-day kindergarten has proven to be a popular option for many working parents — in particular because daycare alternatives are often more expensive.

Proponents also point to the academic benefits of enrolling children in full-day kindergarten.

Studies and anecdotal evidence have shown that students who participate in full-day kindergarten classes do better in school than their half-day counterparts by the time they reach first grade.

However, most studies show that these gains are rarely sustained beyond the third grade, except for students who don't speak English at home. There are about 54,000 English-language learner students in Clark County.

For the past decade, state lawmakers have debated funding full-day kindergarten programs in Nevada. President Barack Obama, who launched an early childhood initiative in February, also supports expanding full-day kindergarten nationally.

In his biennial budget unveiled earlier this year, Gov. Brian Sandoval proposed spending $30 million to expand full-day kindergarten to an additional 78 schools that serve students from low-income families. Currently, 114 schools across the state offer full-day kindergarten.

The governor's budget would expand full-day kindergarten to about half of Nevada elementary schools. Democrats in Carson City want to spend about $71 million to expand the program to all schools.

Nationally, about 60 percent of schools offer full-day kindergarten.

For more information about Clark County's full-day kindergarten programs, visit this website.

Full-day kindergarten

    Here's a list of the 53 Clark County schools offering full-day kindergarten next year:

    Alamo

    Allen

    Bartlett

    Bass

    Batterman

    Beatty

    Bendorf

    Bilbray

    Bonner

    Bryan

    Conners

    Cox

    Darnell

    Deskin

    Earl

    Fine

    Forbuss

    Frias

    Gibson

    Givens

    Goolsby

    Goynes

    Hummel

    Lamping

    Lummis

    Mack

    May

    Mitchell

    Neal

    Northwest Career and Technical Academy

    Ober

    O'Roarke

    Reedom

    Rhodes

    Ries

    Roberts

    Rogers

    Scherkenbach

    Schorr

    Scott

    Simmons

    Staton

    Stuckey

    Tanaka

    Taylor

    Thompson

    Treem

    Triggs

    Twitchell

    Vanderburg

    Wallin

    Wolff

    Wright

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  1. Tis true, full time kindergarten has a better and more sustained effect with the ELL population, and really is worth every cent invested. Learning the English language, socialization, making transitions, are all helpful in a child's development. It also leads such children to greater successful outcomes in school.

    During the time a child attends school, they are also screened and checked for any healthcare needs,learning disabilities, anything that would impede growth and success. This is a major plus, in receiving intervention earlier. When parents wait, it may take YEARS of SIP and RTI to get the child help, and by then, it is like trying to fix something that is very broken....it is a lot of concerted work, and it is never really sufficiently fixed. Early intervention is KEY!

    The price is a good investment, and it really does a great service for the public. And the kiddos have a great time meeting new friends, playing, and learning!

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  2. I am not familiar with every elementary school in Clark County, but at first glance the list of schools appears to be in mostly white areas. I'm not seeing Crestwood, Booker, Kit Carson, Cully and the like. Saying this, brings two things to mind. One, how does this benefit the lower income schools whose ids really need it and two, are their schools next? For free?

  3. I currently live in Florida and my son who is 4 will be starting their VPK program in August, Voluntary pre kindergarten. You dont pay for the day of school from 8 to 2 or 3, you pay for the time from 3 to when you pick your child up. Which makes sense.

    I have a feeling that over time most schools will adopt this type of program for young children with working parents. Without it parents who work are left scrambling for other options. I feel very safe about leaving my son at his school for a few extra hours to enable me to work.

    Hopefully this will work out well for the LV school district and benefit the parents and students at a realistic cost.

  4. I never understood why Clark County doesnt offer full time kindergarten in the first place at no cost. My kids are going to school in North Carolina and kindergarten is full time for all children at no price. The kindergartners go to school just like all other grades in elementary school. They did have a nap time in between but overall I think it is a benefit to go full time versus half a day. If they went full time in Las Vegas maybe the graduation rate would go up...who knows.

  5. I'm fortunate. I'm a senior citizen. When I went to all-day kindergarten the local taxpayers paid for it. Taxpayers probably paid for all-day kindergarten for all the senior citizens in Nevada. Now we senior citizens get to vote "NO" and urge our legislators to vote "NO" on K-12 funding legislation. What a world.

  6. I think it's reasonable to pay for aftercare. Normal day school is not 8 am until 5 or 6pm, it's 8 until 2 or 3.

    I think it's reasonable that parents pay for childcare. The state provides school for free, not babysitting for free.

    Without an after school program, or 'all day' meaning until the parents get out of work, those parents would have to scramble to find someone to watch their child, or pay substantially higher costs at a daycare.