(Las Vegas, NV) — Education is the key to the future and the Clark County School District wants to be able to provide the best tools to secure the success of children.
Currently, some schools within the district provide extended day kindergarten and officials are gauging parents interest to see if expansion is possible. KXNT talked with James H. Bilbray Elementary School Principal Aalya Page about why the program is necessary.
“We are expecting our students to get all of those skills by the end of kindergarten in a half-day setting. And they really need that time frame to have a full-day so they can master those standards that are expected of them so they are better prepared in the years to come.”
Kim Glover teaches extended day kindergarten at Bilbray and told KXNT why it is critical for children starting school to be exposed to the critical elements.
“The extended day allows the kids to have more continued practice with the skills they are lacking and once they master that we juts move them forward. But when I taught half-day we barely had enough time to get activity in. Here’s the activity, here’s what you do, here’s the lesson. Now go home.”
Since Kim has moved from half-day to extended day she has seen a dramatic change.
“I have much more time to teach the curriculum. It’s just so much better because we have so much more time.”
The cost of extended day kindergarten is $3100 per year.
For more information take a look at the district’s website. http://www.ccsd.net/