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ERIC Number: ED393575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 17
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Extended-Day Kindergarten versus Half-Day Kindergarten: What One School District Decided.
Firlik, Russell
The New Canaan Public Schools reduced its extended-day (21 hours per week) kindergarten program to half-day sessions (15 hours per week) in an interim program during a 2-year school construction-expansion phase. During a 9-month planning process, an ad hoc committee representing equal membership of teachers and parents from three elementary schools set staffing, curriculum, and class-size priorities to be retained in the interim program. Each school's committee developed a half-day kindergarten plan commensurate with their elementary school's space considerations. The three plans were as follows: (1) children attend school 2 full days and 1 half-day per week; (2) children attend school 3 half-days and 1 full day per week; (3) children attend 5 half-days per week. New Canaan chose the third plan, a kindergarten program that would be staffed with two teachers working cooperatively in both the morning and afternoon sessions with each class having about 20 children in each session. This plan was chosen because the community valued small class sizes with two trained teachers in each class and because it would not cost any more than the current extended-day program. (AJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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