Seventeen kindergarten students now attend school all day. Principal Tom Hood and Title 1 teacher coordinator Susan Conklin were finally able to establish a Title 1 Kindergarten Boost program, thanks to the contribution of classroom space by the Multi-Purpose Center. Rachel LeForce, Title 1 educational technician, developed the program. LeForce has taught kindergarten before, and she works closely with Longley kindergarten teachers Lynn Adams and Lucille Girard.

The Kindergarten Boost program provides additional support to help children meet the kindergarten standards, and to create a positive early school experience for them. The program, which primarily targets literacy and math, is designed to respond to the individual needs of students. An all-day kindergarten program can have a positive impact upon the development of children’s cognitive, emotional, physical, and social skills. Research shows that meeting these needs to the greatest extent possible will help ensure student success. Longley School staff hope that one day all kindergarten students will attend all-day kindergarten programs.

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