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.”

Funding for School Years 2015–2016 and 2016–2017
On June 29, 2015, the Legislature passed the state biennial operating budget which included funding for the statewide implementation of full-day kindergarten. In the 2015-16 school year, 71.88% of these students are funded and in 2016-17 school year 100% will be funded.

Memorandum 037-15M was sent out on July 1, 2015, notifying school districts of the schools that are eligible to receive funding for voluntary, state-funded, full-day kindergarten beginning in the 2015–16 school year. The eligibility ranking list for the 2015–16 school year is based on a school’s free and reduced price lunch eligibility.

Eligibility and Program Elements
Determination of eligibility for state-funded full-day kindergarten is based on an individual school’s poverty percentage from the prior school year in October.
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).
  • Provide full-day kindergarten to all students who request it.

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 Implementation Webinar
July 8, 2015

Presentation: WMV | PPT | PDF | PPT Handouts | FDK Requirements

Excerpts from the Upcoming: Washington FDK Guide-Child Development | Washington FDK Guide - Learning Environment

The webinar will be held to discuss how to design full-day kindergarten classrooms that are academically rigorous and developmentally appropriate.

State-Funded Full-Day Kindergarten and WaKIDS Webinar, April 28, 2015
Presentation: PPT | PDF | WMV
The webinar provides information useful to school district staff and school principals who may receive funding for state-funded full-day kindergarten and be implementing the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS), the state's kindergarten assessment.

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