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Region 15 Full Day Kindergarten Registration Now Open

Interested parents are asked to call their child’s school to notify them that their student will be attending kindergarten in the fall.

Full day kindergarten will start in Southbury and Middlebury next fall, and parents and guardians of incoming kindergartners can start the registration process now by calling their child’s school.

The Region 15 Board of Education unanimously approved the proposal for full day kindergarten last month, saying the full day option facilitates the opportunity for larger blocks of time for reading and writing development, math instruction, learning centers, and inquiry-based, hands-on science and social studies activities.

“In a full-day program, teachers will be able to provide students more small group instruction tailored to the learning needs of the students,” the region said in a press release.

Children that are 5 years old on or before Jan. 1, 2014 are eligible. Interested parents are asked to call their child’s school to notify them that their student will be attending kindergarten in the fall.

To begin the registration process, parents are encouraged to contact their student's elementary school at the following numbers:

Pomperaug Elementary School: (203) 264-8283
Gainfield Elementary School: (203) 264-5312
Long Meadow Elementary School: (203) 758-1144
Middlebury Elementary School: (203) 758-2401

Thad Burr February 22, 2013 at 07:05 PM
I was at that BOE meeting, and it was nothing but rubberstamping of Dr. Sippy's proposal; no discussion, no debate, no critical thinking or analysis of the facts. The facts are that, while full day kindergarten has proven to be beneficial for low income, urban areas, it has no statistical benefit for those children from higher socio-economic households. Therefore, for Southbury, Middlebury and other similar towns, it simply amounts to taxpayer funded baby sitting services that parents would otherwise have to pay out of their pockets. In addition, Dr. Sippy and his staff have cleverly worked this into their plan to keep all the schools open, thereby preserving staff, teachers, aides, money and other resources. 800 students less and still declining, yet Region 15 BOE refuses to lower our taxes, close a school, or do anything else that is fiscally responsible. I urge Patch viewers to simply VOTE NO on the upcoming budget, and then elect a completely new slate of BOE members this November and next year.

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