Nampa to offer full-day kindergarten options

Posted at 12:46 PM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 19:14:19-04

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) -- The Nampa school district will offer full-day, every-day kindergarten classes at some elementary schools in the fall.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that enrollment is open for full-time kindergarten at three Nampa-area schools.

District officials say full-day kindergarten classes will allow teachers to focus on developing social skills and participation as well as the academic lessons shorter schedules focus on.

Currently, the district offers half-time kindergarten in full-day, every-other-day classes. The state does not require districts to offer full-time kindergarten.

   Funding for full-time classes must come from parents, who would pay $2,160 for the school year to increase a kindergarten teacher's salary to a full-time rate.