The Minnetonka School Board has recently adopted the free, all-day kindergarten model as its basic program starting in the 2014-15 school year.
In May, the state legislature approved an education bill that included state-funded all-day kindergarten.
Currently, the basic model at Minnetonka Schools is the half-day program, with options including the extended-day program. The fee for extended day was $4,100 for the year, plus a $100 registration fee.
For parents who want their children to attend kindergarten next year for less than a full day, a part-day option will be available that would be more than half of the day but less than the entire day. Part-day students may be blended into all-day sections for the respective amount of time they attend.
Because this is not a defined program but a choice parents can make, transportation will be provided in the morning but not at the end of the optional time.
The ready-start kindergarten (RSK) option has successfully served many students over the past decade, according to the district. Since the new expectation for preparing students to enter first grade following a year of kindergarten is the all-day kindergarten program, RSK will be an all-day program as well, with a part-day option.