All-Day Kindergarten FAQ

ADK Phased Rollout 2020-2024

Future Focused starts with our youngest learners

All-day kindergarten is coming to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 -- even earlier than planned -- thanks to the support of our community. It will be rolled out in phases starting in 2020.

After a multi-year community engagement process, we heard overwhelming community support for an all-day kindergarten (ADK) option. To ensure space in our neighborhood elementary schools and to make facility improvements throughout our school district, D205 asked voters to consider a Future Focused referendum in November 2018, which was approved by our community. The referendum will build two new schools, improve safety and security across the District, add future-ready learning spaces at all school sites, meet many other existing maintenance and infrastructure needs at all our schools, and provide the space for all-day kindergarten.

D205 is excited to announce that we will be able to start offering kindergarten even earlier than planned, as soon as the 2020-21 school year, thanks to the research and planning of the D205 Community-Based All-Day Kindergarten Committee.

All-day kindergarten: did you know?

The November 2018 referendum will build enough space in our schools to provide all-day kindergarten for our students, and the D205 Board of Education voted in May 2019 to phase-in the early implementation of all-day kindergarten. Not only will this help our youngest learners but offering this program will enhance our entire community.

  • All-day kindergarten can decrease the need for remedial and intervention services later in elementary school. And offering a level playing field can help narrow the achievement gap, ensuring that all students reach learning benchmarks. When at-risk students are ready for success, it helps all students in the classroom.

  • Investing in early childhood education not only helps our kids, but adds value to our entire community. Our neighboring cities offer all-day kindergarten; introducing it here in Elmhurst 205 will help us remain competitive.

  • There is strong community-wide support for our District to offer an all-day kindergarten option. Adding ADK was the top priority identified in the Focus 205 process, second only to increased STEM opportunities for students, and several surveys showed support for ADK not only among parents, but of the larger community.  

  • Did you know that 77% of schools nationally, 67% of schools in DuPage County, and seven of eight of our top performing neighboring districts offer an all-day kindergarten option for families? Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is excited to soon offer this important program for our youngest learners, thanks to the support of our referendum!

When will all-day kindergarten be available in my school?

We understand the desire to offer all-day kindergarten as soon as possible in our schools. But first we need to build the space in our schools to be able to offer the program. Thanks to the support of our community in passing our Future Focused referendum in November 2018, we are already constructing new school spaces.

There will be a rolling implementation of all-day kindergarten as we complete construction on our school buildings over the next five years.

All-Day Kindergarten Implementation Schedule

Comprehensive Renovation/
New Construction Elementary Schools



2020-21



2021-22



2022-23



2023-24



2024-25


Edison

(Half-Day K Option Offered)
 


ADK Available


ADK Not Offered


ADK Available

ADK
Limited Space Available *


ADK Available


Field

(Half-Day K Option Offered)

ADK
Limited Space Available

ADK
Limited Space Available
 

ADK
Limited Space Available

ADK
Limited Space Available *


ADK Available


Lincoln

(Half-Day K Option Offered)
 

 
ADK Not Offered


ADK Not Offered


ADK Available


ADK Available


ADK Available

Targeted Renovation Elementary Schools
 

 

 

 

 


Emerson

(Half-Day K Option Offered)
 


ADK Available


ADK Available


ADK Available


ADK Available


ADK Available


Fischer

(Half-Day K Option Offered)
 

ADK Currently Available
#

ADK Currently Available
#

ADK Currently Available
#

ADK Currently  Available
#

ADK Currently Available #


Hawthorne

(Half-Day K Option Offered)
 

ADK
Limited Space Available


ADK Not Offered

ADK
Limited Space Available

ADK
Limited Space Available *


ADK Available


Jackson

(Half-Day K Option Offered)
 

ADK Limited Space Available

ADK Limited Space Available

ADK Limited Space Available

ADK
Limited Space Available


ADK Available


Jefferson

(Half-Day K Option Offered)
 


ADK Available


ADK Available


ADK Available


ADK Available


ADK Available

* Capacity for partial or full implementation depends on Field enrollment and how many classrooms are required to house Field students during construction.
# Houses the D205 Two-Way Dual Language Immersion program.


 

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