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Woonsocket School Committee Approves Full-Day Kindergarten

A move to cut the program in 2010 to save money backfired.

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File photo.
Full-day kindergarten in Woonsocket is set to return in the fall.

The School Committee approved the program Wednesday, the Woonsocket Call reported.

Woonsocket previously offered full-day kindergarten up until 2010, when officials voted to cut it to half-day to save money. The move backfired, as there were corresponding cuts in state and federal funding, according to Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan.

Woonsocket’s legislative delegation last year secured $500,000 to fund full-day kindergarten.

The money will help pay for 11 new teachers, aides, and a bus, according to the Woonsocket Call.

The city's Budget Commission could vote on the plan Monday.
Brina M May 17, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Its not babysitting, education! Our kids need an education. It cost more to have the busses pick up kids for "K" twice a day more gas more daily interruptions if kids are their full day it also minimizes the activities a day and more time for education. I am a taxpayer and want more education.
Brina M May 17, 2014 at 11:13 AM
I AGREE PARENTS SHOULD WORK , but our kids need an education so they are smarter than the parents make wiser choices go further in life. We can bash the parents or SUPPORT THE KIDS!?
Kim Fournier-degre May 17, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Reading this is crazy n you all are negative n ignorant like most politics..since when do we demeanor our education and our children? The topic is about full day kindergarten, not welfare moms!!! You want to talk about that start a blog..
Cranky Bear May 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM
The world of emotional sensitivity has been worked against but concerning children and the benefits of full day kindergarten putting the kids first should be considered. What is best for them. School helps to shield the kids from scum parents and there's little employment opportunity to help them help themselves.
Steve May 17, 2014 at 03:29 PM
OK, this FDK story is over and done with! The tax payers will never know the real cost of this FDK because LBH fired the financial advisor and has taken over the books of the city as well!!! This is what the Dems.do, both in local and state government! They take over all aspects of both the local and state governments, hire back all the union hacks, cook all the books, and then tell you, Geeeeee, everything is ok, all the while, the city and state fall even further below the US States average statistics! Ooooopps, sorry, all but one, the state with the highest hand outs for social benefits! Yup, we’re first on this one! Yeah, FDK!!!!! Gee, I need to become a Democratic and get on the government dole............

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