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Schenectady schools: You got a kindergartner for us?

District seeks info on kindergartners

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Wanted: about 200 kindergartners. They’re living somewhere in Schenectady, but they haven’t registered for school yet. And school officials are worried that some of them — perhaps dozens of them — will show up at the last minute. “Or three days after school starts,” spokeswoman Karen Corona said. In recent years, a sudden influx of last-minute kindergartners has caused serious complications for the district, which had to scramble to create new classrooms. This year, only ...

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May 13, 2013
12:39 p.m.

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There are many families in Schenectady that don't have a computer, nor do they subscribe to a newspaper.
Is information for Kindergarten, and Pre-Kindergarten registration provided at city libraries, and other places, where such families could access them?
Might be worth a try to in order to register as many Pre-k and K students as possible, as early as possible, thus having enough teachers and classrooms ready in time for school to start.

May 13, 2013
4:50 p.m.

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Labor Day weekend is always hell for early education staff and transportation coordinators.

May 13, 2013
7:33 p.m.

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Schdyres1 is spot on. The fact is those living in abject poverty can't afford print subscriptions and on line computer services. You'd think Schenectady's administration would have figured this out by now. Those leading the system live in a world where information access is taken for granted.

May 13, 2013
10:33 p.m.

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How many of those kids were born in Schenectady? Some early education programs begin at birth with education of parents in best practices, home visits, et cetera. Perhaps we need to coordinate services and resources far earlier in a kids life. Waiting till 5 years old is to late, this has been proven. The education gap, in comparison with their peers from well educated and high income families, is too large to surmount. At a minimum, we need to get all kids in pre-k at age 3. Many successful urban districts have begun with this step. Let us learn from successful cities.

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