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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
Presented multiple proposals over the past months to restore Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) in Woonsocket
  • Heard your concerns loud and clear about costs, capacity, and sustainability
  • Worked with the Mayor’s Office and RIDE to address concerns
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
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What we know - educationally
  • 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 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
  • 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!

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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