Loma Elementary begins all-day kindergarten

Loma Elementary begins all-day kindergarten
Posted on 09/24/2018
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Loma, CO - Today, Sept. 24, 2018, was the first day of All-Day Kindergarten for all kindergarten students at Loma Elementary School!
Dr. Scott Cooper, acting superintendent of School District 51, said the change from half-day to all-day kindergarten classes at Loma will help teachers fit more learning into each school day. “The academic standards for kindergarteners are becoming more rigorous each year. Providing all-day kindergarten helps provide a strong educational foundation during a child’s early years that will increase their chances of successful learning outcomes throughout the rest of their academic career,” Dr. Cooper said. Loma is making the change to all-day kindergarten in part because 18 more students enrolled than the school had anticipated, so an extra teacher was already needed. This year's kindergarten classes - the Class of 2031 - at Loma have a combined total of 52 students. Loma also is one of just three schools in the district that was not offering all-day classes to at least some of its kindergarten students through tuition, Title I funding, or Early Childhood At-Risk Enhancement (ECARE) dollars. The two remaining schools that solely offer half-day kindergarten are Wingate Elementary and Grand River Academy. The school is using Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act funds to hire an additional kindergarten teacher to make the change possible. District 51 hopes to offer all-day kindergarten to a growing number of students in the years to come. The district is gathering an All-Day Kindergarten Steering Committee to research ways to make that possible.
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