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VVSD Looking into All-Day Kindergarten

District asks parents to complete survey by June 6.

wants to know what parents think about a proposal to offer all-day kindergarten.

A short survey, available in both English and Spanish, will be sent home Tuesday with all K-12 students. Parents are asked to complete the survey and return it by June 6. The questionnaire is also available on the Valley View website by clicking HERE.

Among the questions on the survey:

  • Is this a good idea?
  • Would you be willing to pay approximately $150 per month for your child to attend?
  • Would you be willing to have your child transported to another school if every school does not offer an all-day program?

Director of Community Relations Larry Randa said the survey is intended to help a district committee gather information on whether community members are interested in all-day kindergarten.

“It’s purely in the informational stage,” he said. “They’re just gauging interest right now.”

Randa said the committee likely will meet in mid- to late June to discuss the results of the survey and eventually will bring a recommendation to incoming Supt. James Mitchem. Mitchem would then make a recommendation to the board of education.

The proposed $150 per month fee is also currently tentative.

“[The committee] just came up with the cost based what they think it will cost the district,” Randa said.

Nearby districts that offer all-day kindergarten include Troy School District 30C, which charges a $136 per year fee, and Indian Prairie District 204, which has implemented a $75 registration fee for the all-day program.

Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 offers all-day kindergarten for special education students only.

Other details that need to be worked out include logistics, Randa said. Depending on how many parents would opt for the all-day program versus half-day kindergarten, space could be an issue.

“There’s a lot of questions that need to be answered,” he said.

If the board does decide to offer an all-day program, it would most likely not be implemented until the 2012-13 school year, Randa said.

Kelly Rika Yap May 26, 2011 at 08:24 PM
I am ALL for full day Kindergarten. I went to full day Kindergarten when I was young and taught in CPS for 10 years, never thinking that my children wouldn't benefit from full day Kdg as well. My daughter has gone half a day to the Park District preschool for the past two years. I feel as though Kindergarten is going to feel the same to her, except that she will be going on a bus instead of getting a ride from me! I also agree with Lisa that the $150 per MONTH fee sounds like a lot compared to districts around us. If my family had the money we would be enrolling our children into the Montessori or church related schools in the Bolingbrook area.
Dominique May 26, 2011 at 08:51 PM
100% for it.....any way we can put pressure on them to start it for the 2011-2012 year??? $150/mo seems a bit high compared to other districts, however, it is a lot cheaper then daycare!!!!
Patty Floss May 26, 2011 at 11:40 PM
I am all for it as well. My son has gone to half day, for two years at Good Shepherd Pre-School. I feel that children will benefit from all day Kindergarten. Especially with curriculum getting more advanced every year for how the children are tested at there level of ....below, meets and above for test scoring. I also agree, that the $150 a month fee is ridiculous. Especially since I've paid that for the last two years already( my choice I understand). I think a more reasonable rate needs to be considered according to the district we live in.
Heather N. May 27, 2011 at 02:24 AM
$150 per month fee?! That's way steep! The article states Dist. 204 (Naperville) has a $75 regisgtration fee, not PER MONTH FEE. Tell me if I'm reading something wrong. Is this because the state does not require all day school and the parents would have to make up the difference? So, I would have to pay $150 for August and June also? About 6 days each month.....I'd still have to pay for day care or after school program, for me personally at least 2 days a week. Plus I have another child I would have to pay for after school care for. Now we're talking a lot more $$$$. Also, that would really stink if my child makes friends in Full Time Kindergarten, only to start over again in 1st grade. (this is if it were in a different school than our own) A bit of a whiney statement, I know, but still.
Reez July 11, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Agree with everyone above. Kids are more than ready for all day school. We need to increase education time to improve academic ratings. This 2.5 hour day is practically useless. This is one of many steps the district MUST take to improve its quality image.

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