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Schools Push for Full-Day Kindergarten

Full-day KindergartenWHITE CITY, Ore. — One southern Oregon school district wants to give more educational hours to younger students, and they could get a head start ahead of the rest of the state.

Administrators in the Eagle Point school district are reviewing a plan to start full-day kindergarten this fall. That’s a year early; the state of Oregon will begin funding for full-day kindergarten for school districts in the 2015-16 school year.

Administrators said kindergarten students are currently in class for 2-and-a-half hours per day, and adding more hours will increase instructional time, while dealing with those younger students’ shorter attention spans.

“We are really looking forward to spending quality time going deeper into our curriculum and spreading out those instructional pieces throughout the day,” said Ginny Walker, principal of White City Elementary School.

Walker said her school will begin kindergarten round-up signups in May, with the expectation that it will be for full-day kindergarten in the fall.