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Full-Day Kindergarten

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The DASD school board has approved a plan to provide full-day kindergarten in all DASD elementary schools starting in the 2025-26 school year. The plan includes expansion and renovation at some elementary schools, as well as the hiring of additional teachers and support staff members.

As the district continues to grow and enrollment increases, the board and administration have strategically evaluated options to provide robust educational opportunities, appropriate class sizes and equity across the district.

More than 86% of districts across Pennsylvania provide district-wide full-day kindergarten. DASD currently offers half-day kindergarten to all students. A limited number of qualifying students may elect to participate in full-day kindergarten exclusively at Beaver Creek, Bradford Heights, East Ward and Lionville Elementary Schools.

By adding full-day kindergarten at all elementary schools, our youngest learners will receive expanded learning opportunities, which include dedicated time to develop academic, physical, social and emotional skills

March 6, 2024 FDK
Building Plan

March 6, 2024
FDK PresentatiON

2022-23 Kindergarten Schedules

DASD currently offers half-day kindergarten to all students. Qualifying students may elect to participated in full-day kindergarten exclusively at Beaver Creek, Bradford Heights, East Ward and Lionville Elementary.

Below are the current half-day and full-day kindergarten schedules. By adding districtwide full-day kindergarten, we would expand our ability to incorporate additional early development skill learning and practice.

Half-Day Kindergarten

MORNING MEETING: 15 minutes

ENGLISH/ LANGUAGE ARTS: 1 hour 45 minutes

MATH: 30 minutes

MUSIC, ART, PHYS.ED, IDESIGN OR LIBRARY: 25 minutes

 

Full-Day Kindergarten*

MORNING MEETING: 15 minutes
ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS: 2 hours 30 minutes
MATH: 60 minutes
MUSIC, ART, PHYS. ED, IDESIGN OR LIBRARY: 45 minutes
LUNCH & RECESS: 45 minutes
MTSS ELA & MATH: 30 & 20 minutes
SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: 30 minutes
*Currently available for qualifying students at Title I schools

Visit Student Registration to register your child for kindergarten.

Smiling students at East Ward

Why Full-Day K


Expanded learning opportunities
  • Increased time to address health and wellness
  • Expanded time for creative thinking and expression
  • More time allows for deeper learning in content areas
  • More opportunities for targeted instruction
     
Opportunities to learn through play
  • Practice constructing and gathering knowledge
  • Learn how to organize and understand information
  • Opportunities to apply knowledge
     
Increased time to practice and grow social and emotional skills
  • Teachers develop a deeper relationship with students and families
  • Teachers know students as learners sooner, allowing earlier intervention, as needed
  • Stronger sense of community within the classroom