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    kindergarten students and teacher

    The kindergarten year is a critical time in a child's early development and learning. A quality kindergarten program supports children's physical, social, emotional, math, language, literacy and cognitive development. It gives them opportunities for joyful learning which will support them throughout school and life. The state education department outlines what children are expected to learn in kindergarten in Your Child's Progress. 

    Full Day Kindergarten

    Seattle Public Schools offers free full-day kindergarten at all elementary and K-8 schools. A full day of kindergarten is important because research shows that children participating in developmentally appropriate, full-day programs make greater gains both socially and academically. Full-day kindergarten provides young learners the time they need to engage in learning in ways that effectively support them in building the foundation of social and academic skills they need.

    Research shows that children who participate in full-day kindergarten have:

    • Stronger foundations and skills for the elementary grades
    • Greater overall academic achievement
    • Improved attendance
    • Enhanced literacy and language development and math
    • Better social and emotional development

    Visit Enrollment for information about enrolling your kindergarten student.