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Full Day Kindergarten Now an Option for Phoenixville Students

The PASD school board decided to add the program at its Thursday meeting.

Phoenixville parents will have the option of putting their children in full day kindergarten starting in the 2013-14 school year, the Phoenixville Area School District Board of Directors decided at its Thursday meeting.

According to district community relations director Sandra Claus, PASD already has a dedicated building for kindergarten students.

District parents can now opt to enroll their children in the traditional half day kindergarten program, a full day literacy program that will be available to qualifying students, and a full day option that’s comprised of the traditional half day program, plus a new half day enrichment program.

“All of us at the Kindergarten Center work to meet the needs of each and every child in this building.  We are so excited to be able to offer an enrichment program for our families,” said Dr. Margaret Pearsall, Kindergarten Center principal.

In a release sent to several media outlets, Claus added that:

The addition of this program allows other benefits for parents and children.  Any student may be dropped off at 7:30 AM, regardless of which program they select.  Bus transportation will be available for the normal pick up and return times—including the mid-day route for those who choose the ½ day program.  All students can also opt to stay until 4:00 PM, again, regardless of which program they select.  If parents need a day care option beyond the 4:00 PM time, there will be on-site day care available until 6:00 PM for a nominal charge.

Parents of all prospective kindergarten students are invited to a Kindergarten Information Night at the Kindergarten Center on January 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM.  Dr. Pearsall and her staff will share specific details about all of the programs at the kindergarten center, including an opportunity to see the classrooms and meet some of the teachers.  Free babysitting will be provided.

In making the decision, the board said it weighed financial, as well as academic, considerations.

Concerned female January 19, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Awesome. Wish my kids could have had the option instead of sending them to a private kindergarten.
Robina January 19, 2013 at 01:41 PM
I am so grateful that they finally see how important this is for our community. My grandson will be there!!!
Wendy January 21, 2013 at 07:37 PM
YEAH.......Welcome in the PASD class of 2026.
John February 15, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Me daughter will be there, so great
Douglas J. Trainor February 15, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Now all PASD needs to do is add a pre-kindergarden.
John February 15, 2013 at 04:07 AM
That's supposed to say MY daughter :)
Joe Smith February 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM
The parents should be raising their offspring, not the taxpayers. Kids get their values at this early age and these values should come from the parents, not some baby sitting service paid for by the taxpayers. If the parents choose not to teach them values, then their kids will fail. So be it. Everyone isn't a winner. Kindergarten isn't even required by the state. Why not just drop it and save us taxpayers the money. I am not suggesting that it doesn't work, I just don't believe kids should be raised by the government, and at the taxpayers expense. Soon, the government will be taking the kids at birth, and we all will be paying for it.

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