Update on New Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten Program

Two children sort colors

The new full-day pre-kindergarten program at Cairo-Durham CSD is going well, according to teacher Katania Hall.

“I am impressed with how quickly the children have learned their morning routine of coming in, unpacking their backpacks, and going to their seats to complete their morning work,” Ms. Hall said.

The full-day program, which was launched in September 2017, was created as an alternative to the existing half-day pre-k program.

“Our goal with pre-k is to develop the early literacy skills of future students before they enter kindergarten so that they are not at a disadvantage,” said Anthony Taibi, Superintendent of Schools.

“We also recognized that the existing half-day program only worked for one subset of our community,” Mr. Taibi continued. “We knew there were some families who could not enroll their children in the program because of work schedules and they could not arrange half-day childcare. By establishing a full-day pre-k program, we were able to make this very advantageous programming available to more of our community.”

Ms. Hall said her pre-k class responds well to the daily schedule, and students quickly adopted the habit of checking the visual daily schedule posted each day to see what classes or activities they have. In general, a day in the full-day pre-k program looks like this:

  • 9-9:05 a.m. - Come in and unpack
  • 9:05-9:15 a.m. - Morning Work
  • 9:15-9:30 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m. - Free choice
  • 9:45-10:10 a.m. - Calendar
  • 10:10-10:55 a.m. - Teacher picked centers
  • 11:05-11:50 a.m. - Lunch/Recess
  • 12-12:25 p.m. - Rest time
  • 12:30-12:45 p.m. - Story
  • 12:45-1:35 p.m. - Handwriting Without Tears/Teacher picked centers
  • 1:35-1:40 p.m. - Pack up for dismissal
  • 1:45-2:25 p.m. - Special (Art, P.E., Music, or Library)
  • 2:25-3 p.m. - Snack/Free Choice/Clean-Up
  • 3:15 p.m. - Dismissal

“I have already seen improvements in letter awareness, math concepts, socialization skills, problem solving, fine motor, and gross motor skills,” shared Ms. Hall. “I am looking forward to this class making more social and academic gains as the school year progresses.”