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Everything I ever needed to know, I learned in kindergarten

Quad-City Schools

Shelley Soifer, left, is a kindergarten teacher at Taylor Hicks Elementary School and has been teaching kindergarten for 12 years. She is currently a finalist for the 2016 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year. Larnell Sawyer, right, is a kindergarten teacher at Lincoln Elementary School and has been teaching for nine years. She is the current Yavapai County Teacher of the Year.

Shelley Soifer, left, is a kindergarten teacher at Taylor Hicks Elementary School and has been teaching kindergarten for 12 years. She is currently a finalist for the 2016 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year. Larnell Sawyer, right, is a kindergarten teacher at Lincoln Elementary School and has been teaching for nine years. She is the current Yavapai County Teacher of the Year.

The Prescott Unified School District is excited to announce fully-funded all-day kindergarten beginning fall of 2016. Since a funding cut in 2010, families have had to pay tuition for all-day kindergarten. Starting Aug. 4, students will continue to receive an amazing kindergarten experience, but at no extra cost to the family!

Why all day K?

Kindergarten has evolved over the years into an academically rigorous program. The days of nap time and all-day play are long gone and students are now learning to read, write simple sentences and do basic addition and subtraction. As kindergarten teachers, we are tasked with creating an academic environment that not only fosters high academic expectations but meets the developmental needs of all students in a fun and engaging way. Half-day kindergarten did not allow the opportunities to reinforce and apply these new and more challenging skills. All-day kindergarten provides the much-needed time for teachers to work one-on-one to not only remediate but to provide enrichment opportunities when needed. It is a time for students to explore and apply what they have been taught in the morning in a hands-on, small cooperative learning group setting. This cooperative learning environment sets the stage for learning social skills like: turn taking, problem solving, language development and teamwork.

What does a day in K look like?

Generally, the mornings are comprised of direct instruction in reading, math and writing. The afternoon is not just daycare or unstructured play. It is a time to be academically enriched with music, art, physical education, science, social studies and hands-on extension activities to reinforce previously taught skills. 

Who will teach my child?

PUSD has a highly qualified kindergarten staff ready to meet the needs of all children. All the teachers are certified in Early Childhood Education, Structured English Immersion, eight have Master’s Degrees in Education, six have Reading Endorsements, one teacher is dual certified in General and Special education, and one has a Math Endorsement. In addition to their individual training, the kindergarten teachers work as a team to create an arsenal of highly engaging, differentiated, hands-on learning experiences for an audience of diverse learners.

When can I register my child?

Registration is currently open for anyone who has a child who will be 5 by Aug. 31, 2016. Parents can go into Abia Judd, Lincoln, or Taylor Hicks Elementary Schools, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and pick up a kindergarten registration packet. Please come prepared with the child’s birth certificate, current immunization records and proof of residency. At that time, parents will be asked to sign up for a Kindergarten Screening appointment, taking place early May.