Education is vital to the education process. Oklahoma is one of the
foremost states in the promotion of early childhood programs through
the public schools.
Since 2000, more
than 70% of Kindergarten students attend full-day classes throughout
the state. The number of 4 year old students enrolled in half-day programs
has increased drastically.
Schools has seen in increase in enrollment over the past years. In 1996,
the school began the first four year old program with only 16 students.
Since that time the enrollment has increased to 160 students, with a
waiting list at most times due to lack of space.
Last Year the district
began offering two sections of all-day Kindergaten and anticipate increasing
all-day classes as space allows. Funding for student education is available,
but at this time no space is available to enroll more students.
Schools is one of only five districts in Tulsa County that does not
offer all-day Kindergarten for all students.
Statewide and locally,
increases have been seen in 3rd grade test scores of students who have
attended four year old programs and all-day Kindergarten programs. Students
who attend four year old programs are much more prepared overall for
Kindergarten. Early childhood education is also vital in meeting the
mandates of the "No Child Left Behind Act".
Research shows that
these programs lead to future school success, higher test scores, fewer
school drop outs, higher graduation rates and less special education
required by students. Additionally, Oklahoma children made progress
from attending these programs regardless of economic or ethnic backgrounds.
Schools will run a School Bond Issue February 14, 2006, that could answer
the needs of the four year old program, the Kindergarten program and
offer both programs to many more children who reside in Collinsville.
of a new site have been approved by the Collinsville Board of Education.
All plans are ready to go forward as soon as the bond issue is passed.
experiences growth within the elementary levels, this need will become
a requirement for the young students of this district.