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It's not day care, it's an education


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 03, 2013

~~<p>The plight of about 5,000 youngsters who are falling into the educational gap &mdash; too young for regular public school now that the Department of Education is disbanding its junior kindergarten program &mdash; highlights the need for high-quality, affordable preschool programs in Hawaii.</p>
<p>Earlier this year, the Legislature voted to end the DOE's junior kindergarten option for late-born 4-year-olds, a program that was launched with great fanfare in 2006 as a way to ensure more students enter elementary school ready to learn. To enroll in public kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year, a child must turn 5 by July 31; the roughly 5,000 kids whose birthdays are later than that are looking at another year of preschool or child care in some other setting, on their family's dime or with the help of $6 million worth of taxpayer subsidies for needy families and populations considered at-risk or underserved.</p>
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The plight of about 5,000 youngsters who are falling into the educational gap — too young for regular public school now that the Department of Education is disbanding its junior kindergarten program — highlights the need for high-quality, affordable preschool programs in Hawaii.

Earlier this year, the Legislature voted to end the DOE's junior kindergarten option for late-born 4-year-olds, a program that was launched with great fanfare in 2006 as a way to ensure more students enter elementary school ready to learn. To enroll in public kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year, a child must turn 5 by July 31; the roughly 5,000 kids whose birthdays are later than that are looking at another year of preschool or child care in some other setting, on their family's dime or with the help of $6 million worth of taxpayer subsidies for needy families and populations considered at-risk or underserved. Login for more...



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