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More Schools to Offer Kindergarten Readiness Program

Come next year, all Las Virgenes Unified elementary schools will offer the Journeys program.

The is expanding its Journeys kindergarten preparatory program to include every elementary school site within the district. 

The program is designed for children who are of kindergarten age (turning five between July and Nov. 1) but need extra support to achieve kindergarten readiness. Students who turn five Nov. 1 through Dec. 2 are entitled to a two-year kindergarten program and they will also be a part of this class.

The program utilizes a kindergarten curriculum, but focuses on hands-on and active learning. The curriculum is also paced to allow students to grasp key concepts before moving to the next stages of their education.

There is significant research that supports the importance of ensuring a child’s readiness for school, and Journeys is tailored to meet students’ individual needs with a developmentally oriented pace. Following a year in the Journeys program, most students will enter a traditional kindergarten program, although some may be ready to move on to first grade.

The program has already been implemented at Sumac, White Oak, and . To register, parents will follow the usual registration process.

Informational meetings for parents are scheduled as follows:

Bay Laurel Elementary: Monday, Dec. 5, at 9-10 a.m. in the multi-purpose room.

: Friday, Dec. 9 at 8:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room.

Lupin Hill Elementary: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m.

: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room.

Sumac Elementary: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m.

White Oak Elementary: Monday, Dec. 12, 8:30 a.m. in room K2.

Willow Elementary: Friday, Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m.

Yerba Buena Elementary: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. in the multi-purpose room.

For more information, parents can contact Rose Dunn at the district office at 818-880-4000 or the main offices of their preferred school site.

-- Las Virgenes Unified School District

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