In 2005-2006, Glendora USD began implementing its full-day kindergarten program.
With the help of kindergarten teachers, Glendora designed its program to maximize its
Kindergarten students' learning time while meeting the children's developmental learning
needs. Kindergartners begin the academic year attending school for a traditional half
day. The day is staggered, over a month, to expand the student day to Glendora's full-
day program. Parents have responded favorably to the program especially in light of the
many research studeis noting the benifits of full day kindergarten.
Researches have found that students benefit from full-day kindergarten programs
because the children receive a more flexible learning environment. Many teachers find
that they are able to provide more focused learning opportunities for their studetns in a
longer day. In addition, students have more opportunities to experiment with language
and to explore subjects in depth. Teachers are able to provide more individual and small
group time for students than is possible in many half-day programs. In fact, teachers
have reported siginificantly greater progress for full-day kindergarten students in the areas
of litercacy, math, general learning skills, and social skills.