HOLMDEL, NJ - After many years of parent interest and board member support, Holmdel schools will join the ranks of Monmouth County school districts who provide full day kindergarten.

Registration is set for January 15-17 at Village Elementary School.

The approval for full time kindergarten was included in the referendum recently approved by Holmdel voters. Now, the elements of that approval are beginning to take form. Up to now the district has only funded a half-day program for any child who turns 5 by October 1st of each year. Beginning in September, all Kindergarten classes will be full day.  

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“It is incredibly rewarding to be able to offer parents the kind of program that they’ve been asking the district to put in place for a number of years and even more rewarding to know that the program we are building will provide our youngest learners an even stronger foundation for their education,” Dr. McGarry said.  Research examining the impact of full-day kindergarten found that children who attended for a full day program had better academic outcomes the following year as well as more self-confidence.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Dineen Seeley and a team of administrators and teachers have been working for two years to create a child-centered, developmentally appropriate, integrated program of learning for Holmdel’s young learners. She believes that a full day program will provide a strong foundation for growth in the early years. “Our goal is to create a safe, nurturing and purposeful program that will promote the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of all students,” Dr. Seeley explained.

Registration for the 2019-2020 program will be held January 15-17 at Village Elementary School. Information is available on the Village Elementary School website.

The subject has been discussed for years. Current board members campaigned on making it a reality and many parents were actively involved in the issue as well. Holmdel was one of a handful of districts who had not yet provided "FTK". That will change effective fall of 2019.