Asking people to pay tuition for public school is a terrible idea in Park Ridge.
2 years ago on 02/17/2017 at 7:52 PM

Asking people to pay tuition for public school is a terrible idea in Park Ridge. It goes against the very idea of public school. Either Park Ridge offers it to everyone or they don't. There are already full day options at the private schools. It will create a second class of students that will start school behind their peers simply because their parents couldn't afford the full day option. Either this is paid babysitting or paid kindergarten. Which is it? I also think that pushing the cost of full day kindergarten is terrible. The district should cover it. Is it about the kids or taxpayers? Maybe put the cost to referendum.


2 years ago on 02/17/2017 at 8:17 PM

If we apply this line of thought, all kindergarteners without going to a private preschool are "second class students. "

2 years ago on 02/17/2017 at 8:30 PM

I believe Evanston offers full day kindergarten at no cost. We've been considering moving out of Park Ridge to Evanston so I've been trying to do some research, and I read that they are one of the few that offers at no cost. It is a shame that Park Ridge is very limited.

2 years ago on 02/17/2017 at 8:50 PM

Kathy Meade, When I was on the strategic plan in 2015, it was a very hot topic. We were told that to implement full day kindergarten, it would cost roughly $1million a classroom. I think most of the costs were associated with building new classrooms, but honestly we were not given actual hard figures. It is definitely a topic to revisit, and get some numbers to see what can be done to move forward on full day kindergarten.

2 years ago on 02/17/2017 at 9:05 PM

CPS is full day kindergarten. Northbrook went full day in the fall of 2015. More and more suburbs are switching to full day kindergarten. I am not sure of the exact percentage; however, more and more students are coming into kindergarten with full time preschool. Therefore, for most, a half day kindergarten is a set back and a logistical nightmare for most parents. We opted out of Park Ridge public school kindergarten for our oldest. He was already going to full day preschool the prior two years. We were both working at the time, and did not want him to be bused to Jefferson just for play. Our daughter is now at Roosevelt kindergarten. Again, she was in all day preschool for the past two years. Now I am not working since we have another younger child at home. Therefore, I have the capability to pick her up and take her to Christie Carousels for four extra hours of instructional kindergarten for three days. She has even asked to attend the other two days since she likes it so much. She is thriving with the extra hours. We need to really consider our options for full day kindergarten for all to have our children stay competitive.

2 years ago on 02/17/2017 at 9:10 PM

My kids are 28 and 31 and went to full day kindergarten in Evanston---this concept is hardly new, except in Park Ridge. Unreal.

2 years ago on 02/17/2017 at 11:54 PM

Has there been a financial study into the cost of running a full-day kindergarten program in PR? As the father of a 6 year old girl who was in K at Field Elementary last year, I was surprised by the lack of a full-day curriculum. I feel that, surely, with the amount that we pay towards the District 64 schools vs our neighbors in Chicago a full-day program could be expected. What is the financial analysis behind continuing to not provide one?

2 years ago on 02/18/2017 at 6:17 AM

Trying to find some research to help weigh in this discussion:

2 years ago on 02/18/2017 at 6:17 AM
2 years ago on 02/18/2017 at 6:21 AM

Trying hard to find research that says full day kindergarten is good for Park Ridge demographics. Will keep looking! This one says it mainly benefits low income children.

2 years ago on 02/18/2017 at 6:22 AM

Here is one, but it is very general.

2 years ago on 02/18/2017 at 7:23 AM

If I recall correctly, the kindergarten is using a curriculum designed for full day kindergarten. Using a curriculum in a setting that it was not designed for is a terrible idea, there is no way it can be successful. If the district does not move forward with full day kindergarten then I feel they should at least get a curriculum that is designed for a half day kindergarten. I also think the 1st grade common core standards should be examined to see if it is feasible for students to get said curriculum from a 1/2 day program. The new standards are very rigorous and there is a lot tied into them. I hope the district has already looked at this information so they can have data to support decisions, not just the financial aspect.

2 years ago on 02/18/2017 at 7:36 AM

Park Ridge needs full day kindergarten for all students. CPS implemented it years ago and several other suburbs have it. Aside from children needing strong early childhood curriculum, we no longer live in a world where a parent is at home all day. Many parents bus their kids to Jefferson for the other half of the day. My son went to CPS school for kindergarten; then we moved here. He was incredibly prepared for 1st grade and he was one of a few kids in the class who didn't have to become accustomed to being in school all day. I hope the school board can figure this out for Dist 64---we should be ahead of others-not behind.