SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Public Schools expanded all of its schools to offer full-day kindergarten, but at Garfield Elementary three and four-year-olds have the option of going to school for a full day, too.
The preschool classroom experience at Garfield Elementary is very similar to what you would see at other preschools across town: plenty of music, creative art, and teacher-guided activities. The school also has a hearing-impaired program, so preschoolers are also learning sign language.
Spokane Public Schools community relations director Erica Hallock said the students are not only getting curriculum that will line up with what they learn in kindergarten, they’re also getting familiar with being a part of an elementary school.
“This is already their home,” Hallock said. “They’re already comfortable. They know the pricipal, they know the ladies in the lunchroom, they know the front office folks. They come in with a higher level of confidence because they’ve had the experience of being at the school site.”
Seven students are currently enrolled in the preschool express program at Garfield Elementary, with room for 10 more students. All children who live within the Spokane Public School district are welcome to sign up for a morning, afternoon or all-day session.