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Full Day Kindergarten A Critical Need for Woonsocket’s Youngest Students Giovanna Donoyan, PhD Superintendent Woonsocket Education Department May 14,2014. Presented multiple proposals over the past months to restore Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) in Woonsocket

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Full Day Kindergarten

A Critical Need for Woonsocket’s Youngest Students

Giovanna Donoyan, PhD

Superintendent

Woonsocket Education Department

May 14,2014


We listened to our city residents

We listened to our City residents


Comprehensive proposal

Tonight we present to the Woonsocket School Committee the most comprehensive FDK proposal that:

  • Does not use the Middle School space

  • Does not move to a 5/6 Academy model

  • Does not increase local taxes

  • Ensures a teacher assistant in each kindergarten classroom.

    We are 100% confident that we have designed a proposal that will be acceptable to all parties and provides the best educational opportunity to our children.

Comprehensive proposal


What we know - educationally most comprehensive FDK proposal that:

  • Too many of our children are falling behind

  • 67% of Woonsocket K students are not reading at grade level

  • 7-9% of Woonsocket First graders are being held back

  • Research shows FDK classes can produce long-term educational gains, especially for low-income and minority students


What we know economically

  • No additional most comprehensive FDK proposal that:local tax funding is needed to support FDK in Woonsocket

  • FDK can help lower costly grade retention and remediation

  • FDK in Woonsocket will result in more state education aid

What we know- economically


Concerns addressed

Facilities issues most comprehensive FDK proposal that:

  • All children remain at elementary schools and safety issues addressed

  • Capacity analysis shows adequate room per NESDEC enrollment analysis

    Logistics

  • Bus and starting times not impacted

  • Breakfast / lunch programs are federally reimbursable

    Staffing

  • 11 new teachers, itinerants, and 11 new Paraprofessionals

    Budget

Concerns addressed


It s time to bring back fdk
It’s Time To Bring Back FDK! most comprehensive FDK proposal that:

Improve student learning

Close achievement gaps

Important new programming for our youngest students

No additional local cost but great local benefit for Woonsocket's youngest learners


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