About Extended Day Kindergarten
The Hempfield School District currently has an Extended Day Kindergarten (EDK) Program for selected students from our six elementary buildings. The intent of this EDK program is to provide an intense language and literacy-based environment for eligible students. The EDK classroom teachers focus on: time-on-task, language development, emergent literacy skills, working independently, as well as quality instruction in the components of school that will ensure students are prepared for entry into first grade. Students are assigned to attend a regular kindergarten session with the extended day classroom teacher for half of the school day and attend the extended day program for the other half of each day.
The entire program is held at Centerville Elementary School and students assigned to this program spend their entire school day at CES. Eligibility for this class is clearly defined and students complete an extensive assessment process prior to or very early in the school year before being considered eligible for this specialized program. The district provides transportation both to and from Centerville Elementary School for all students attending the EDK program. Upon successful completion of the program, students return to their home school building for their first grade year.