Is there such a thing as full day Kindergarten?

Gina - posted on 08/07/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )




So I've been wondering what or how do most people handle Kindergarten schedules, I've done my research and apparently most schools only offer half days AM or PM Kindergarten, but what if you are both working parents and cannot leave work to pick and stay with your child the rest of the day?

Do most parents pay someone to pick up their child and babysit the rest of the time they are not attending Kinder? or do schools offer other options like extended care programs for working families who cannot do half days?


Dove - posted on 08/07/2012




We only have full day K here. Many of our preschools are full day (or offer a full day option, at least) as well.

Amy - posted on 08/07/2012




My school district last year did not offer full day because of budget constraints, it was a 1/2 program with either am or pm unless you wanted to pay to send your child to a private school. My husband and I work opposite shifts so he was home to put him on the bus and get him off (he was afternoon). Many of the parents used local day care providers in town so that there child could attend school and they didn't have to worry about transportation since it was in town. However this year they passed the budget for full day kindergarten so it's no longer a problem here.

Jenn - posted on 08/07/2012




Most do offer full day. My daughter will go full day at her charter school. Maybe some private or even public go half days but I don't know of any.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/07/2012




MOST places offer both. Check into your local school district, if they don't you can find a privately run kinder. My son was full day.


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Sherri - posted on 08/07/2012




We only offer half day (thank heavens) and if a parent works which is pretty rare in this town they pay someone like Kindercare to pick them up from Kindergarten and bring them to their facility until mom or dad is done work or you pay a daycare to come pick them up etc.

Mary - posted on 08/07/2012




Hi Gina - Have you met the other moms through your childs preschool or Kindergarten? I have been staying at home with my 2nd and 3rd. They are almost 3&4 and i found the same problem with other parents. I wanted to help the other parents working out of the home so i sent a mass email out and offered my services to pick up their child along with my preschooler and provide the daycare myself.I had tought preschool and worked in a dayacare setting for 17yrs. When my oldest was in PreK and Kindergarten this was very helpful to me as i was working full time:) Its been great for my son who gets to spend time with his peers and has helped his interaction in school as well.( he is the QUIET boy at school) Your school should offer before and after care through YCare but they do not do it after the morning Kindergarten session. Also daycares around you do offer drop off and pick up for parents needing this:) I hope this helped you a little. GOOD LUCK

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