4-K TAKES OFF
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 -- 1:59 pm
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director
Wisconsin has seen an explosion of school districts offering 4-year-old Kindergarten.
According to a new report from the Department of Public Instruction, 80% of Wisconsin school districts have 4K educational programming. Sixteen school districts opened 4K programs this year. The 333 districts that provide 4K programs are serving 38,075 children, an enrollment increase of more than 4,000 from last year.
DPI says research shows 4K helps all children, and bridges the effects of poverty that often puts children from low-income families at an educational disadvantage.
Virtually every local school district, including Neillsville, Granton, Greenwood, Loyal, Marshfield, Spencer, Owen-Withee, Thorp, Colby and Abbotsford offer 4K programs.