Purpose: 

  • Review issues regarding school readiness of students and gaps for some children.
  • Develop a plan for moving to all-day kindergarten in all schools over a three-year period, beginning in 2008-09 with Phase I schools.

Basis for Establishment:

• Included as a target in the district’s strategic plan.
• Requested by Superintendent and Approved by Board of Directors.

Decision Making Process:

• Consultative to the Superintendent and Board. We will be making recommendations regarding providing an all day kindergarten program.
• Consensus will be used for internal decisions during the on going work of the Task Force.
• Input and feedback from parents, staff, and administrators will be formally solicited during the process.

Plan of Work:

• Review existing kindergarten and KIDs programs.
• Review the research on early childhood education/all-day K/preschool programs.
• Analyze the implications of implementing an all-day K program, including staffing, curriculum, funding, facilities, transportation, professional development, public relations, and community interest in early childhood education.
• Identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the initiative and the resources needed to implement the plan.
• Draft proposed recommendations, including communication plan and present for public review.
• Revise recommendations and present to superintendent for review and board consideration.

Members:

  • Hugh Allan
  • Wendy Barrett
  • Nicole Brown
  • Julie Craddock
  • Susan D’Amelio
  • Patricia Dubiel
  • Trina Hall
  • Stephanie Johnson
  • Stephanie Korn
  • Ruby Linscheid
  • Paula McGrath
  • Susan Mulligan
  • Gary Namba
  • Nina Richardson
  • Donna Ringwald
  • Kyla Stefani
  • Karen Tolliver
  • Susan Zoller

Responsibilities:

• Attend meetings, actively and appropriately participate in meetings, and review committee materials.
• Abide by group norms for behavior, as described in application/letter of interest.
• Do “homework,” as agreed to by group.
• Develop and support final recommendations.

Timeline:

• Board approval for Task Force – November 8, 2007
• Accept applications for membership – closing November 22, 2007
• Convene group for meetings 2x/month
• Draft recommendations for public review in March
• Present final recommendations to superintendent in April

Meeting Dates:

Budget Implications:

  • Budget implications may include FTE, instructional resources, facility, and professional development. These issues will be reviewed and presented as part of the plan for the multi-year implementation.