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Plymouth-Canton Schools to Pursue All-Day Kindergarten

Board of Education agrees to further explore logistics of expanded instruction time.

All-day kindergarten might soon become a reality at Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.

The Board of Education gave a thumbs-up vote, which isn't binding, to further pursue implementing all-day kindergarten in the district's schools. While costly, the decision would maintain the amount of per-pupil aid Plymouth-Canton would receive from the state for kindergarten students under state legislation that will be enacted in 2012. With half-day kindergarten, the district would lose half of its funding when the legislation goes into effect.

In a presentation to the board, administrator and former principal Kurt Tyszkiewicz said all but three elementary buildings in the district would be equipped for all-day kindergarten. , and , he said, lack sufficient space for an all-day curriculum.

While the full budget impact is yet to be determined, Tyszkiewicz said running all-day kindergarten, while costly, would cost the district less than not offering all-day classes at that level.

Fellow administrator and former principal Peter Kudlak cited benefits to going to all-day kindergarten outside of the budget impact, including increased individual instruction and being able to better tailor the academic curriculum toward students' individual needs.

Studies conducted on all-day kindergarten graduates, he said, indicate fewer instances of students being held back, increased attendance, fewer placements in special education and fast gains in literacy and language skills in later grades.

Additional changes to kindergarten students' curriculum would include dedicated subjects, versus composite learning periods.

Interim Superintendent Jeremy Hughes asked the board for a thumbs-up or thumbs-down vote to gauge whether all-day kindergarten was worth pursuing. The board unanimously gave the thumbs-up vote.

John L. December 13, 2011 at 05:06 PM
This comment is addressed to Tim Stamp. Are you truly saying that if a family can't afford to have one parent stay home fulltime then they shouldn't have children? I have 3 very well adjusted children that have been in daycare for most of their lives. Just because my children are in daycare does not, by any means indicate that my children have not been "properly raised". I think it is much more irresponsible to be having children when you are in the poverty income class. I am hardly living outside of my means, but with two working parents I am able to provide for my children, their future education and my own retirement.
John L. December 13, 2011 at 05:09 PM
And, by the way, "daycare" has mean definitions. Parents may be working, but perhaps the child is at home with a grandparent, aunt, friend, or even some actual daycare centers where the child has been able to form a bond with a caregiver. Studies by top psychologists show that children that are able to form bonds with a caregiver other than the parents have an easier time making and keep friendships later on in life. Obviously being home with your children is ideal and nothing can replace that, but there is plenty of research that shows that when good daycare situations are used there are very positive results. It is very sad that you are so quick to judge families and situations that you don't know anything about.
John L. December 13, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Sending children to daycare DOES NOT mean that you are not raising your own children. Its nice to have the ability to stay home, but not everyone does. In reality, most families need two working parents and have good, reliable daycare situations with good caregivers.
Maddiex January 06, 2012 at 08:03 PM
My children are all grown, but when they were young I left a career to stay home and raise them. It was really hard financially, but I think having them in Preschool 2 days a week at age 3, then 3 days a week at age 4, then half day k at 5 was the way to go. Not to so much baby them, but to balance out their days. If they are tired after lunch at school they can get irritated and shut down, and start to dislike school. I am in my mid-40's and I had half day kindergarten myself, and that is what I preferred for my kids as well. They are only age 3-5 for such a short time and I am glad I got a chance to spend that extra time with them. They are in all day school for 12+ years and the time that they are young is priceless. The district will hopefully find some way to be able to offer both options to parents.
Christina February 03, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I agree with some of the other posters on here. I have paid for daycare for 4 years now. It would be nice to put my tax money to work. My child should have every right to go to kindergarten a full-day to the district that I pay taxes to. She loves being in school and learning. I am amazed at what she knows now and she is only 4.5 years old. I spend all the time that I can with my children outside of work and school. Just because we work doesn't mean that we are not taking care of our children and spending time with them. We just do it in a different way. Maybe they can have full-time and part-time kindergarten be a choice. With the economy, not everyone is getting paid what they should get paid for their jobs. We are a very hard-working family and enjoy having the money to take our kids places, put away for college and retirement, allow them to play in sports, and not have to panic and be stressed about the bills. We do not live beyond our means as we have proved through many layoffs. Just because we both work, we should not be judged as we are not judging the people who can afford to be SAHMs. THat's great and I wish we could comfortably. But honestly, I would still send my daughter to full-day kindergarten just to get the education.

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