After over a year of review and consideration, the Needham School Committee has released its Report of the Full-Day Kindergarten Study and Planning Committee to the community. The report is comprehensive and urges the School Committee to act as quickly as possible to ensure a publicly-funded, equitable, and innovative Full-Day Kindergarten program is available to meet the needs of all learners.
The report is not a specific plan for the implementation of Full-Day Kindergarten (a specific plan will require additional funding and resources) nor does it answer all the questions about how best to proceed, but it does ask the School Committee to take action on the efficacy of a compulsory Kindergarten program for all of Needham's children. If the School Committee accepts the recommendations in the report, there will need to be significant planning and a community commitment to implement a program.
I happen to believe it is time for Full-Day Kindergarten in Needham, and this report is the first of many critical steps that we must take to make it a reality.
To view the report, click here: Full-Day Kindergarten Report
Additional information and opportunities to provide ideas and feedback will be proposed in the weeks and months ahead. Please send feedback and ideas to the School Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org