State-Funded Full-Day Kindergarten
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State-Funded Full-Day Kindergarten in Washington

State-funded full-day kindergarten is part of the state’s constitutionally protected definition of “Basic Education.”

Schools must meet the following program elements to be eligible for state funds for full-day kindergarten

  • At least 1,000 hours of instruction in 180 school days. However, schools may use up to three days at the beginning of the school year for the WaKIDS “Family Connection”
  • Curriculum that offers a rich, varied set of experiences that assist students in:
    • Developing initial skills in the academic areas of reading, mathematics, and writing;
    • Developing a variety of communication skills;
    • Providing experiences in science, social studies, arts, health and physical education, and a world language other than English;
    • Acquiring large and small motor skills;
    • Acquiring social and emotional skills including successful participation in learning activities as an individual and as part of a group; and
    • Learning through hands-on experiences.
  • Establish learning environments that are developmentally appropriate and promote creativity.
  • Demonstrate strong connections and communication with early learning community providers.
  • Participate in kindergarten program readiness activities with early learning providers and parents.
  • Administer the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS).

Full-day Kindergarten Guide
OSPI, in conjunction with Early Learning Coordinators in the Bellingham and Sumner School Districts, have created a Full-day Kindergarten Guide for administrators and teachers as they design and implement full-day kindergarten classrooms in Washington.

Order hard copies from the state Department of Enterprise Services. Order at:

Additional Helpful Resources
For more information, including how to design a successful full-day kindergarten program.

State Laws on State-Funded Full-Day Kindergarten


Full-Day Kindergarten and WaKIDS
January 28, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Webinar (WMV) | Presentation (PPT) | Handout (PDF)

The webinar provides information useful to school district staff and school principals who are receiving state-funding for full-day kindergarten and will be implementing the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS), the state's kindergarten assessment.

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