kindergarten http://kplu.org en 16 More Seattle Schools Now Offering Free All-Day Kindergarten http://kplu.org/post/16-more-seattle-schools-now-offering-free-all-day-kindergarten <p>An additional 770 kindergarteners&nbsp;can now attend school for free as a result of Seattle Public Schools’ decision to offer free all-day kindergarten at 16 more schools.</p><p>The change took effect Nov.1, but it is retroactive to Sept. 4, meaning families will get refunds for September and October.</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:07:21 +0000 Florangela Davila 10779 at http://kplu.org 16 More Seattle Schools Now Offering Free All-Day Kindergarten Full-Day Kindergarten Offered to More Students in Wash. State http://kplu.org/post/full-day-kindergarten-offered-more-students-wash-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More public school students in Washington state will be attending full-day kindergarten when the school year begins in a few weeks. State lawmakers approved the $50 million in extra funding during the last legislative session.</span></p><p>Kristen&nbsp;Jauden, a spokeswoman for the state office of public instruction, says the money is going to schools with high populations of low-income students.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 22:42:01 +0000 Jennifer Wing 9557 at http://kplu.org Full-Day Kindergarten Offered to More Students in Wash. State Not as many Wash. children opting out of vaccines http://kplu.org/post/not-many-wash-children-opting-out-vaccines <p>Fewer Washington parents are opting their children out of vaccinations, giving the state one of the biggest <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6133a2.htm?s_cid=mm6133a2_w">drops in vaccine exemptions </a>in the country. Two years ago Washington had the highest rate of vaccine exemptions in the nation, with 6.2 percent of kindergartners taking a medical, religious or philosophical pass on getting one or more immunizations.</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:55:07 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6087 at http://kplu.org Not as many Wash. children opting out of vaccines In Kent, kindergarten is time to consider college http://kplu.org/post/kent-kindergarten-time-consider-college <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983560.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983560.mp3</a></p><p>School starts up again in a couple of weeks and a lot of kids have just begun to think about the coming year. &nbsp;Kindergarteners in Kent, though, are already mulling over higher education.</p><p>The school district is trying a unique approach to helping students get to college.</p><p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 13:30:00 +0000 Charla Bear 2436 at http://kplu.org In Kent, kindergarten is time to consider college Seattle school budget cuts to hit staff, support programs and kindergarten http://kplu.org/post/seattle-school-budget-cuts-hit-staff-support-programs-and-kindergarten <p>As schools across the state grapple with huge budget issues, administrators in Seattle say they need to <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/area/board/10-11agendas/020911agenda/budgetpresentation.pdf">cut elementary counselors, programs for struggling students and full-day kindergarten classes</a>. Those are some of their final recommendations after months of pouring over options.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Administrators did manage to shave more than $1.7 million from the budget gap, but they still face a nearly $35 million shortfall. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:01:40 +0000 Charla Bear 761 at http://kplu.org Seattle school budget cuts to hit staff, support programs and kindergarten Many Washington kids not ready for Kindergarten http://kplu.org/post/many-washington-kids-not-ready-kindergarten <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-946636.mp3</p><p>Nearly a third of children in Washington <a href="http://www.del.wa.gov/publications/development/docs/WaKIDS_Report011511.pdf">don’t appear to be ready for kindergarten</a>.&nbsp; And more than half aren’t likely to have necessary language skills.&nbsp; The findings come from the <a href="http://www.del.wa.gov/development/kindergarten/pilot.aspx">state’s first attempt to assess some of its youngest students.&nbsp;</a></p><p>The assessment, called WaKIDS, includes evaluations of four domains:</p><p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:10:04 +0000 Charla Bear 563 at http://kplu.org Many Washington kids not ready for Kindergarten