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
- 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
- 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
- Demonstrate strong connections and communication with early learning
- 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: myprint.wa.gov
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) |
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.