Two years ago, the Lake Washington School District started a small experiment to see if it could help struggling kindergarten students catch up with their peers.
It was based on a common-sense idea: To improve, the kindergartners needed more time at school.
Kelly Pease, the district’s director of intervention programs, realized that students who were the furthest behind often were the ones who attended only a half day of kindergarten. That’s likely because many of their parents couldn’t afford the full-day programs that Lake Washington, like many school districts, offers for a fee.
Half-day programs, which the state funds, are free.
So district leaders decided to offer those students the chance to attend a free program for the second half of the day, designed specifically for them.More