Kinder-Plus Offered By Payson School

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All-day kindergarten throughout Arizona is a casualty of the 2011 state budget.

The effectiveness and popularity of all-day kindergarten make these cuts particularly difficult for school districts and families, Susan Campbell of the Payson Unified School District said.

All three PUSD elementary schools will offer half-day morning and afternoon kindergarten sessions for the 2010-2011 school year.

PUSD will offer an option for all-day kindergarten in 2010-2011 called Kinder-Plus. Kinder-Plus is a fee-based, half-day session that complements the regular half-day sessions.

Students in the Kinder-Plus session will have a state-certified Early Childhood teacher. Class size will not exceed 20 students.

Students will have access to the school library, computer labs and playgrounds. They will have extra time for science, technology, reading instruction and developing problem-solving and social skills.

Tuition for Kinder-Plus will be $185 per month for 10 months. First and last month tuition payments are due by July 15.

Fees up to allowable amounts are eligible for the Arizona state income tax credit (Credit for Kids) as stated in Arizona Revised Statute 43-1098.

A one-time registration fee of $50 is due by May 20.

Registered families will have first priority for space in Kinder-Plus.

Families may register and pay by credit card online at www.pusd.k12.az.us. They may also register at their attendance area elementary school. Registration forms are available on the PUSD Web site.

A lottery drawing of pre-registered students will be held at 4 p.m., May 25 at the PUSD District Office.

A Kinder-Plus session will be formed for every increment of 20 students. The program could be offered at one, two or all three elementary schools. Students not selected in the lottery and applications for Kinder-Plus received after May 20, will be placed on a waiting list.

Children enrolled in district kindergarten classes experience a high degree of success as they enter first-grade.

Whether students attend half-day kindergarten only or enroll for Kinder-Plus, academic readiness, success and achievement will continue, Campbell said.

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