KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Several elementary schools in the Bellingham School District are receiving state funding to help pay for full-day kindergarten.
Kristin Jaudon with the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s office says they have doubled their funding and are close to providing full-day kindergarten for 50 percent of kindergartners in Washington State.
Alderwood, Cordata, Roosevelt, Carl Cozier and Sunnyland elementary schools will offer full-day kindergarten starting this fall and be eligible for state funding every year after that.
Everson, Sumas and Nooksack elementary schools in the Nooksack Valley School District also made the funding list for the first time.
Jaudon says full-day kindergarten will be first phased in at schools with the highest percentage of low-income families.