All-Day Kindergarten FAQ

Why Is There A Phase-In for All-Day Kindergarten?

Why is there a phase-in for ADK? Why can’t all elementary schools offer this program now?

A: All-day kindergarten is made possible thanks to support from our voters, who approved a referendum in November 2018 that will allow us to renovate schools and build additional classroom space for ADK at every neighborhood elementary school. We need to build some of the space first, in order to have room for our kindergarteners. However, parents and community members have repeatedly asked for this option as soon as possible. Rather than wait for all the space to be completed, we will start to offer ADK in some of our school spaces, and then fully implement the program by 2024-25.

Will There Be A Lottery?

Will there be a lottery system for placement into all day kindergarten? How does the lottery work during the phase-in period until all the schools have space for ADK?

A: D205 will continue offer a half-day program at our existing school sites, and we know there is excitement to offer the all-day program at our schools. The D205 Board of Education approved the lottery this summer.

We expect priority will go to our students at the Madison Early Childhood Center, students with an IEP, and students at-risk.

However, in the case of siblings, each student will be considered separately.

How Will D205 Impact Private Kindergarten Programs?

How does this impact private providers and their capacity for following years before full implementation?

A: D205 will meet with private kindergarten providers to apprise them of plans for all-day kindergarten.

What Are The Benefits Of All-Day Kindergarten?

How will all-day kindergarten compare to the half-day kindergarten? 

A: Students in both programs will receive the Elmhurst District 205 kindergarten
curriculum that will prepare them to be ready for first grade and beyond. However, students in D205 all-day kindergarten will receive full kindergarten curriculum with expanded opportunities for literacy, math, science, social studies, social/emotional learning, and specials.

The benefits of an all-day kindergarten:

  • increased academic preparedness and stamina
  • greater exposure to educational experiences
  • time to explore content learning at a deeper level
  • increased enrichment and remediation opportunities to meet students’ needs
  • extended opportunities for interaction and social experiences with other children
  • increased social, emotional, and behavioral learning
  • higher student achievement

What Schedule Does All-Day Kindergarten Follow?

 What schedule does the all-day kindergarten follow?

A: The ADK early implementation follows the Elmhurst District 205 attendance calendar and traditional elementary school hours.

How Will Students Be Selected?

How will students be selected?

A: Priority will be given to students who have an individualized education plan (IEP) or have been identified as at-risk with remaining spots determined through a lottery system. Kindergarten At-Risk students will be comprised of students with at least one of the following factors:

  • Family income is 200% or less of the Federal Poverty Level
  • A language other than English is spoken in the home 
  • Child does not have an IEP but receives private services such as speech language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy or mental health services due to delays in development.

         These students will receive priority for attending all day Kindergarten programs if parents indicate that                 preference during online registration. Families that indicate risk factor/s will need to provide verification as            requested,

If you have additional questions that cannot be answered by your home school, please contact Executive Assistant to the Superintendent Ellen Walsh at ewalsh@elmhurst205.org

Will Transportation Be Provided?

Is transportation provided for kindergarteners?

A: The same criteria will be used for kindergarteners as for other grade levels when determining whether transportation is provided. Therefore, some kindergarteners will be provided transportation but others may not based on home address and identified walk zones.  However, students in ADK, who are attending another school due to construction, will have access to bus transportation.

Will All-Day Kindergarten Students Have Lunch? Recess?

Will kindergarten students have lunch/recess?

A: Yes, school lunch will be available to K students, or they are welcome to bring a healthy lunch from home.  Hot lunch can be paid using a debit system on their ID. Monthly lunch menus can be accessed on the website under the Parents tab. Students in all day kindergarten will have recess for 30 minutes during the lunch hour and a short recess during another portion of their school day.

Will All-Day Kindergarten Students Have Nap Time?

Will all-day kindergarten students have a nap time?

A: We find that students adjust rather quickly to their new routine. However, teachers do utilize concepts like Responsive Classroom or brain breaks to allow students to re-energize, rest, and refocus.

Will All-Day Kindergarten Students Participate in Art, Music, and PE?

Will all-day kindergarten students participate in specials?

A: Yes, like grades 1-5, all day kindergarten students will participate in a typical elementary school day which includes PE, Art, Music, and Library Media Center (LMC). Students in a half day program have fewer specials during the week due to the time constraints.

What will students learn in ADK?

Offering additional time for kindergarteners in the classroom gives our educators more time to plan for social-emotional learning and free play, as well as deeper learning for our students.

The curriculum is in development and will be finalized this fall, but we do know that ensuring our youngest scholars have access to both academics and well as play is critical in the early years. Developing the whole child is critical to the success of our students. Our ADK Implementation Committee will work on creating a balance for our youngest learners.

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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