Informational Meeting Scheduled for Monday on Full Day Kindergarten in East Haddam Public Schools

The program has been approved and placed in the budget proposal for the 2012-2013 school year.


The full day kindergarten program for the East Haddam school district has been approved by the East Haddam Board of Education and placed in the 2012-2013 budget proposal. The program is slated to begin for kindergarten students next September for 2012-13 school year.

"Funding for the program is dependent on the outcome of the proposed 2012-13 budget," according to East Haddam Superintendent Dr. Ellen Solek. The Full Day Kindergarten program proposal, she says, does contain a partial day option for parents.

There will be two full day kindergarten information sessions held for parents of incoming Kindergarteners.

  • Session I: Monday February 13th from 6-8 PM at the Elementary School in Room 202.
  • Session II: Monday March 12th from 6-8 PM at the Elementary School in Room 202. 

Parents are welcome to attend either or both of these sessions to gather information about the full day kindergarten program in East Haddam program and to have their questions answered.

Superintendent Dr. Ellen Solek and Principal Joanne Collins will conduct both of these informational sessions.


Skeptic February 01, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Note that there are only information sessions for parents who will receive the benefits of free daycare. None for the taxpayers are expected to pay for it.
Resident February 02, 2012 at 01:51 AM
As a parent and taxpayer I am delighted to have full day kindergarten and thoroughly object to people saying it is free daycare. We need to give our children every advantage for their future. When you take out the price of the buses running on the half day schedule and the fact that the teachers are already there it makes sense. Our enrollment in the schools are down and current census is saying it will not increase in the coming years. Plus the half day schedule is not worthwhile when we have so many half days and late openings. I am glad to see the BOE putting money in the education portion of the budget.
Skeptic February 02, 2012 at 03:24 AM
People who want free daycare will say anything and expect you to believe it. "The teachers are already there." True, but they teach two classes a day. If you go to all day kindergarten they will teach one class a day and you will have to hire additional teachers and aides, doubling your staff costs. "When you take out the price of the buses running on the half day schedule . . ." Anyone who thinks that this will offset the cost of doubling the number of teachers and aides should not be walking the streets. "Plus the half day schedule is not worthwhile when we have so many half days and late openings." Only one so far this year and according to Al Gore the winters are going to keep getting milder. "We need to give our children every advantage for their future." Huh? Says who? The state only requires that children be enrolled in school by their seventh birthday; they aren't convinced that kindergarten is all that important. Back up what you say or pay for your own daycare.
Skeptic February 02, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Forgot this part. "Our enrollment in the schools are down and current census is saying it will not increase in the coming years." What has that got to do with anything? You're still doubling the cost of kindergarten to the taxpayers for no better reason than to force the taxpayers to pay people's daycare bills for them.
Jason Hendry February 02, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Skeptic: This is nothing but a great thing. It get our kids in school for a full day. A full day of quality education. I don't even get why its a debate. The extra tax money you are so concerned about will be so insignificant. Yes, I will be thrilled not having to pay full price daycare for a 1/2 day of coverage but I am happier that East Haddam has adapted a better education system. (BTW, try using your real name)
Skeptic February 02, 2012 at 02:26 PM
1. I had my property vandalized once the day after I questioned the East Haddam public schools on line using my real name. That is how some people try to stifle dissent. Sorry, but I'm not going to play that game anymore and I'm not the one who introduced thuggery into the mix. 2. The mere fact that children are in the building a few hours more does not prove that they will derive any benefit from it. We spent $32,000,000.00 on a new middle school and nobody can show me any resulting academic improvement. Can you? 3. If the amount of taxes is "insignificant" why don't you pay for it? The way this works is today it's all-day kindergarten and in a couple of years it will be pre-k (which they tried to foist on us ten years ago). We now have an early childhood council that will eventually be looking for taxpayer funding for programs for kids younger than pre-k age. It's always just one more little thing and it has been adding up for years. That's why Resident mentioned flat enrollments; there's a mindset that we have to increase spending every year. We don't. 4. If you take a look at the results of last year's municipal elections you will get a good idea of how much chance the BOE has of getting this past the voters.
Jerri MacMillian February 02, 2012 at 03:53 PM
If the objective of full-day kindergarten is to essentially provide child-care support for working parents, the program is successful. If, however, the objective is to improve the educational outcomes for the child, full-day kindergarten fails to deliver benefits and, in fact, contributes negatively to both the cognitive and non-cognitive development of the student over time. The conclusion that I draw from the studies is that spending less time in Kindergarten improves future performance. If there is a desire to further improve the value of the educational experience for the child, the studies universally support a later entry rather than more time. The citations and selected information follow. The full text of the studies can be obtained on-line. Specifically: THE LONG-RUN IMPACTS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: EVIDENCE FROM A FAILED POLICY EXPERIMENT Philip DeCicca Justin D. Smith Working Paper 17085 May 2011 http://www.nber.org/papers/w17085 DURATION AND INTENSITY OF KINDERGARTEN ATTENDANCE AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TRACK CHOICE RAND Working Paper Series No WR-266 Tim Landvoigt, Grit Muehler and Friedhelm Pfeiffert July 31, 2007 IS FULL BETTER THAN HALF? EXAMINING THE LONGITUDINAL EFFECTS OF FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN ATTENDANCE Jill S Cannon - Public Policy Institute of California Alison Jacknowitz - American University - Kogod School of Business Gary Painter - University of Southern California - School of Policy Planning and Development May 2005
Jason Hendry February 02, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Skeptic: I can tell you that the new school is a better learning environment than the old one. This town needed a new middle school to stay competitive and they got a great one. The price is what it is. Money shouldn't be an option when it comes to our kids education. 20+ yrs ago this town voted down a new high school proposal, we had to go to plan b and now the "new" high school is almost too small and outdated. I don't mind paying taxes that improve our town. Somethings take money and as a taxpayer I rather see my money go toward education and other town improvements like updating the old middle school to town offices. I hope that the voters in this town are smart enough to vote this through.
Tom February 15, 2012 at 03:59 PM
too bad the roof leaks horribly, and mold is coming up from the floor! other than that it is great!
Meredith L. February 15, 2012 at 05:51 PM
As a parent whose kids didn't get the benefit of full-day kindergarten, I think it's a great idea to have it. There is so much curriculum that the schools have to fit in for the kids these days, that a half day of class just doesn't cut it. Gone are the days of free play, finger painting sessions, nap times and long snack breaks. Half day kindergarteners don't get recess - there's simply no time for it. Try keeping a room full of 5 and 6 year olds seated and attentive with no breaks to let off steam. I'd love to hear what the teachers think about this. And while I'm sure a lot of parents would love to not have to pay half day daycare fees, that's not what it's about. It's giving the kids every opportunity to be ready for the educational challenges ahead, and a solid foundation early is so important. There’re always those who are going to call it free daycare – and you will never be able to change their minds.


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