A new Kindergarten Wrap Around program that will let some parents pay tuition to keep their kindergartners in school for a full day instead of just a half day is due to start in September, and some spaces in the program still are open, Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi said Thursday.
The approved three teachers and three aides for the new program at its last meeting. Teachers and administrators will draft plans over the summer for the first month, and then develop plans for future months as the year progresses.
Rossi said there is no rigid curriculum established for the program, but that the district would take parents' input into consideration, and that the district takes seriously the fact parents will be leaving their 5-year-olds in school for the full day.
"It's very important for young children to feel very comfortable," Rossi said. "This is their first time in school ever."
Rossi said the program is a daycare alternative that came about through parent requests when he met with parents last year.
The program can hold about 50 students, and about 30 kindergartners are currently registered. Thirty students was the number needed to have the program "break even" to fund the six positions, for a total of $135,000. The teachers are paid $30,000 a year and the aides are paid $15,000 a year.
Tuition is $450 a month. Parents interested in registering should contact Rossi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-593-3100.