Studies indicate that full-day kindergarten can lead to improved academic achievement and may help close the achievement gap between different socioeconomic and ethnic groups. Learn more about these benefits and a program to help your 4-to-5-year-old child “gear up” for Kindergarten.
Kindergarten Registration is Approaching
By Assistant Superintendent Rachael Agre
As school districts across the country focus on closing the achievement gap between different socioeconomic and ethnic groups, research is pointing to early childhood as an effective time for preventing the gap before it becomes established. Studies indicate that full-day kindergarten can lead to improved academic achievement and may help close the achievement gap. By reducing the need for future retention and remediation, this investment can also lower later educational costs.
What does research identify as benefits of full-day Kindergarten?
- Contributes to increased school readiness
- Leads to higher academic achievement
- Improves student attendance
- Supports literacy and language development
- Benefits children socially and emotionally
- Decreases costs by reducing retention and remediation rates
Registration for Kindergarten students entering Fargo Public Schools in the fall of 2014 will be held February 24 – 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the school site the student will be attending. It is important to note that children must be age 5 by July 31, 2014. If you do not know which school your child will attend, check online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/boundarymaps or call 701.446.1043.
When registering their child for Kindergarten, parents/guardians must provide:
- Your child’s certified birth certificate
- Your child’s current immunization record
- A current document (i.e. City of Fargo utility bill) which includes parent/guardian name and address, to verify correct neighborhood school
Registration forms are available on the Fargo Public Schools’ website, along with additional Kindergarten registration information. These forms can be completed online and printed out, printed out and completed paper/pencil, or obtained and completed at the building office at the time of registration.
Early registration assists the school district in being best prepared for students in terms of staffing and other material resources. If you know of a friend, family member or neighbor who may have a kindergartener next fall, please urge them to register.
Gearing Up for Kindergarten is a Kindergarten readiness program designed to help the entire family with the transition to Kindergarten. The program consists of ten sessions held one evening per week. Each session is 90 minutes in length and includes a 45-minute session with the parent and child together. Activities will focus on enhancing large and small motor activities, social skills, and literacy. Circle time will help transition to the next 45 minutes, when parent education and child activities are separate. The child activities will focus on sharing, getting along with others, listening, taking turns, responsibility, and cognitive and literacy skills. Topics for the parent education sessions will include: getting ready for Kindergarten, parenting styles, brain development, social and emotional development, raising a reader, being media wise, guidance and discipline, responsibility and self-help skills, importance of sleep and nutrition, early literacy and math, safety, and the parent’s role in school success.
The program is provided free of charge to families and sibling childcare is provided on-site. The program is co-sponsored by NDSU Extension Service, Fargo Public Schools, The United Way of Cass-Clay, and the South East Education Cooperative.
Families can register online at www.ndseec.com/gearingupforkindergarten. Registration information is sent to the SEEC and each host site. The class size is capped at 15 families.
The dates and times for Gearing Up for Kindergarten programs hosted by Fargo Public Schools are:
McKinley Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. January 7 – March 11
(Registration is still open)
Madison Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. January 16 – April 3
(Registration is still open)
Lincoln Mondays 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. February 3 – May 5
(Session is FULL)
Kennedy Tuesdays 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. February 18 – May 6
Jefferson Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. March 4 – May 13
WestEd, (2005). Full-day kindergarten: Expanding learning opportunities. Policy Brief. San Francisco, CA.