Kindergarten in Ventura may get longer

VENTURA, Calif. School boards are considering extending the day from a half day until just before 3 p.m.

Supporters say a longer day gives children more time for social development and hands-on activities.

Kindergarten has become more academic, giving teachers little time for other activities such as art, music and playtime in the traditional three-hour day.

Apparently most parents and teachers approve of the idea.

The /*Conejo Valley Unified School District*/ already extended day kindergarten at about 10 of its 20 campuses.

The board will consider adding Conejo School to the schedule this fall.

In Camarillo, the /*Pleasant Valley School District*/ has proposed full-day schedules beginning 2009-2010 at all nine of its elementary schools. Currently four of the elementary schools have full day kindergartens.

Families would still have the option to sign up for the traditional half-day.

The Pleasant Valley School board will discuss the issue April 23 and take action on the proposal at the end of the month.


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