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Friday Kindergarten Classes Start This Fall

The Peninsula School District has partnered with two local organizations to offer half- and full-day instruction.

Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula kindergarteners will have a chance to enroll in Friday classes beginning this September. The new programs are only available for students in the Peninsula School District, which currently holds classes Monday through Thursday. 

KinderPlus Full-Day Kindergarten Enrichment Program 

The will be partnering with to provide five classes at the Jim and Carolyn Milgard HOPE Center. The KinderPlus Full-Day Kindergarten Enrichment Program will have as many as five rotations, including Nature/Science, Literacy Lab, Computer Lab, PE/Gym and Movement/Dance. The students will also have three field trips each school year.

Parents can enroll students in a four-hour morning session or in an extended session, which runs from 9 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. Lori Goff, the Curious by Nature School owner and director, said the school will be staffed with six certified teachers. Enrollment will be capped at 100 students, and each class will have as many as 20 students. In addition, the school offers snacks and hot lunch options with reduced and free lunch discounts for students who qualify. 

The first day of class is Friday, Sept. 9.

Friday Full-Day Kindergarten Care

Parents can also sign their kids up for licensed kindergarten programs through the under its Child Care Department. The Y currently offers  a specialized program called Friday Kindergarten and Preschool Enrichment Camp at its facility, according to Meeker. The Friday Kindergarten Care will be held at and elementary schools. 

Its students will participate in basic academics and enrichment programming as well as activities involving social and motor skill development, according to the school brochure. The school also offers before- and after-school care. Students are allowed to bring lunches or purchase meals through their school lunch account.

Both schools are currently accepting applications for this fall. Click on the following links for enrollment information.

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