kindergarten http://ripr.org en Woonsocket Schools To Offer Full-Day Kindergarten http://ripr.org/post/woonsocket-schools-offer-full-day-kindergarten <p>Woonsocket schools will offer full-day kindergarten starting in the fall.&nbsp; The school department says it will come at no extra cost to taxpayers.</p><p>Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan says about 7 percent of first graders are held back each year because they are reading below grade level. To close that gap, the school department will offer more than 500 children full-day kindergarten in 22 classrooms.</p><p>This will require eleven new teachers and eleven new teaching assistants. The school department says that can be paid for with federal grants and a boost in state aid.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 12:21:50 +0000 Catherine Welch 33601 at http://ripr.org Three cheers for parenthood! http://ripr.org/post/three-cheers-parenthood <p>Some of you may know that I’ve been on maternity leave for the last three months, after the birth of my first child.</p><p>In fact, anyone listening to Rhode Island Public Radio on July 4<sup>th</sup> might have even heard a news item announcing the birth of Luna Charlotte Smick earlier that morning.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 16:23:06 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8377 at http://ripr.org