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January 13, 2010 > Mid-year kindergarten in New Haven district

Mid-year kindergarten in New Haven district

Submitted By Rick La Plante

For families of children who were not quite old enough to attend kindergarten when the 2009-10 school year began, a few openings still exist in the New Haven Unified School District's midyear, full-day kindergarten program that starts in February.

To enroll in regular kindergarten in 2009-10, a child must have been born on or before Dec. 2, 2004. For children born between Dec. 3, 2004, and March 19, 2005, the District will offer the mid-year kindergarten program beginning Feb. 1 and continuing through June 17.

Class will begin at 8 a.m. each day and be dismissed at 2:05 p.m. The program will be offered only at the Cabello Student Support Center, 4500 Cabello St. There will be no charge, but parents will be responsible for transportation.

This is the third year that New Haven has offered mid-year kindergarten, and the program has been formally expanded to three semesters. Children enrolled this year will take a full year of kindergarten at Cabello in 2010-11 before starting first grade at their 'home school' in 2011-12.

"Mid-year kindergarten has become one of the things that we do best in New Haven," Chief Academic Officer Wendy Gudalewicz said. "It gives children a solid start, both academically and socially, and it gives working parents another option for caring for their children. Expanding the program to three semesters and keeping the children at Cabello provides stability for the students and will help assure continuity for the program."

Enrollment in the mid-year kindergarten program is limited, with first priority going to children whose families reside within New Haven and will be 5 years old before the first day of the program. Subsequent priority also will be determined by age. If space still is available after District families have been accommodated, enrollment will be extended to children whose families live outside the District.

Enrollment packets are available at the Cabello Student Support Center. Parents can confirm that their children are eligible and obtain further information about enrollment by calling (510) 489-4141, ext. 0.

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