ERIC Number: ED472733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Full-Day Kindergarten: Exploring an Option for Extended Learning.
Brewster, Cori; Railsback, Jennifer
Noting that full-day kindergarten has become an increasingly popular scheduling option in U.S. schools during the past 30 years, this booklet provides a brief review of recent literature on full-day programs and highlights important considerations for educators, policymakers, and parents assessing their kindergarten options. The booklet also profiles several full-day kindergarten programs in place in northwestern U.S. schools. Following introductory remarks, the booklet examines issues related to the curricular content of the extra time, school readiness, and cost. It is noted that drawing conclusions from the existing research is not easy, in part because kindergarten practices and student populations vary widely and because there are few studies in which students are assigned randomly to full- and half-day classrooms. Benefits of full-day kindergarten for students, parents, and teachers are delineated. The booklet also lists characteristics of effective kindergarten programs and offers tips for implementing successful full-day kindergarten programs. Questions to guide parents in considering which program will work best for their kindergarten child are included. The booklet then lists considerations for policymakers. Four profiles are provided of schools offering full- or extended-day kindergarten programs in the northwest; the profiles include staff-observed outcomes/benefits and challenges of the full-day program and keys to success. The booklet concludes by noting that choosing a kindergarten schedule depends on multiple factors, including the students needs; the needs and wishes of parents, teachers, administrators, and community members; and the availability of space, teachers, funding, and other resources. Also included are a 6-item annotated bibliography of studies on full-day kindergarten and a list of resources. (Contains 32 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Elementary School Curriculum, Full Day Half Day Schedules, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Preschool Curriculum, Program Descriptions, School Readiness, School Schedules
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204-3297. Tel: 505-275-9720; Web site: http://www.nwrel.org/request.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Policymakers
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.