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Tell Us: Do You Approve of Full-Day Kindergarten?

The Portsmouth School Committee approved a full-day kindergarten program on Tuesday night for the district. What do you think about this? Tell us below.

The Portsmouth School Committee voted in approval of a full-day kindergarten program on Tuesday night, reports The Sakonnet Times. 

What do you think about this program? 

We previoously asked this question on Portsmouth Patch's Facebook page

Here's what several users had to say. 

Marissa Randall: It's about time they considered catching up with the rest of the state!

Rachelle Sunderland Cook: Yes!!! My first daughter went to full day in Middletown - more hours of education!!

Christine Lineberger: It makes life so much easier on working parents but it is a long day for wee ones not accustomed to daycare/preschool. They should have full day with a rest/nap time.

Carolann Ferrell: No way they are still babies. They have to grow up fast enough.

Ben Dinsmore: About time. Half day kindergarden is great if you can afford not to work. Its a hassle for everyone else.

What do you think? Would full-day kindergarten be a good idea for Portsmouth schools? Tell us in the comment section below! 

Jane Driscoll March 28, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I think full day kindergarten is too long of a day for 5 yr olds. They can only learn so much in one day. You'll find they will just add another recess or nap to kill time. It saves money for working parents but costs money for other taxpayers.
Darcy Coyle March 28, 2013 at 01:33 PM
I think it is great! My kids are in full time daycare and pre-k and have been since 3 months old - so we are very excited for this! I think most parents are in the same situation these days - unfortunately - with both parents having to work full time to make ends meet! I know some schools offer a full time Kindergarten class and a 1/2 day one as well to accomodate those who are not ready? Maybe this would be a way Portsmouth could save money and help out those who are not quite ready?
Wendi March 28, 2013 at 01:54 PM
I'm in full support of this decision! This is wonderful news for our children. Jane, hopefully you're right about recess. Play and physical activity is extremely important for learning and there is no time for recess in the current half day program. Here's more on the topic if you're interested: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/1/183.full
East side March 28, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Bad for the many k enrichment businesses in town but GREAT for parents and kids going into K. More education = all around greatness.
Gary Gump March 28, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Great Idea!
Phil Bergin March 28, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Win-win deal. The parents save money and the kids get more of a start in life on their eduction. Love it.
Chris Pierce March 28, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Having a child that went through 1/2 day Kindergarten in Portsmouth I am glad to see the change. There was too much crammed into less than 3 hours. I do hope that this means no homework for Kindergarten students. One of the ways they adjusted for the 1/2 day was to assign homework. This work should be done in school. It will help families moving into the area as some choose Middletown for full day Kindergarten.
Marie Johnston March 28, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Considering a childs brain is quite developed and ready for plenty information way before 5 years old. Starting school for some at almost 6 and over is a waste!. 1/2 day Kindergarten also a waste. Japan kids start school from 3years old. UK from 4 years. USA 1st grade 6-7...Kindergarten 5-6. They are ready for 1st grade at 5 or before...1/2 day Kindergarten at 5 years old a waste!. The more education the better. The kids are our future.
Town resident for many years March 28, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Its about time.
a resident with a watchful eye March 28, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Its about time...portsmouth is sooooo far behind........the last few Councils, in order to "keep taxes low", have stagnated this town and have catered to the wealthy. User fees at transfer station are ridiculous as the place is falling down and is obsolete.....good employees have left or been forced out....the new administrator wastes money on consultants etc instead of doing his job. Positions are left unfilled for too long. And, while I am at it, as a life long democrat, I am disappointed in the new councils ability to move this town forward...unsigned contracts still, no action on turbine.....administrator still leading them by the nose.....its too bad really.
Tia Scigulinsky March 28, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Kindergarten, sidewalks and street lights --- isn't it time Portsmouth recognized the 21st century and provided all??
OldTownie March 28, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Sure Tia, Just get ready for your tax bill to go through the roof, and don't complain when it does! Where do you propose we get the money for these things?
factualality March 28, 2013 at 09:42 PM
We are 17the in global education ranking...we need to reach more earlier. My son is 1/2 day Kindergarten now and he definitely loses out from friends in other districts...both eduction., social interaction and overall development.
Kristine Littlefield-Durant March 28, 2013 at 11:18 PM
This was the best news of my day. Thank You to everyone in Portsmouth who were involved to get full day Kindergarten.
John ("Anything But Sue") March 28, 2013 at 11:26 PM
I suggest that ALL children..... be removed from their parents custody shortly after birth.. and until the age of 13. This will allow the State to properly ..and correctly.. "educate" the children.
Craig March 29, 2013 at 01:00 PM
And sure 'somebody' has to 'pay' for it....

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