The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) is pleased to announce its decision to implement full-day kindergarten at all 21 elementary schools beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. This shift comes a result of the District’s successful full-day kindergarten pilot program at five elementary schools – Brookhaven, Glenknoll, Morse, Topaz, and Woodsboro – during the 2019-2020 school year.
“We are happy to report that our pilot program has been a very positive and beneficial experience,” shared Deputy Superintendent, Candy Plahy. “It focused on enriching our current half-day kindergarten program with extended time for learning in an academically appropriate environment.”
The District’s full-day kindergarten program is grounded in developmental research to ensure all students receive strong, academic, foundational instruction, as well as time to participate in enriched visual and performing arts activities. Through the gift of additional time, students have the opportunity to interact with other students during purposeful play, physical education, computer lab, library, music and movement, art, hands-on science, and many other extended lessons.
“It is our strong belief that full-day kindergarten supports long-term educational gains for our students,” Plahy noted. “By providing a solid, developmentally appropriate foundation of learning, our full-day kindergarten program ensures all students’ academic, social, and emotional success.”
For the first time in history, all PYLUSD kindergarten students will have the same daily schedule as the rest of their school. Online registration for full-day kindergarten in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District begins in February. To learn more, please visit www.pylusd.org/kindergarten or contact the District’s Educational Services Department at 714-985-8650.
The District encourages families to watch the District’s official full-day kindergarten announcement video included below.