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Kindergarten Enrichment Program Scaled Back

Additional classrooms at Temple Beth El will not be utilized after need failed to materialize.

A joint effort to offer half-day kindergarten classes for Huntington students has been scaled back due to small enrollment numbers.

After the Huntington School Board reduced its kindergarten schedule last year, classes were offered at Temple Beth El through both the YMCA and the Family Service League and scheduled to run according to the school district's 2011-2012 calendar.

But due to a lack of participation, the Temple Beth El building will not be utilized this year.

“It may happen next year,” said Temple Beth El President Michael Heiberger, in a statement last week.

The Huntington YMCA  that it would offer four half-day kindergarten classes at Temple Beth El beginning this fall for up to 120 students.

Eileen Knauer, executive director of the Huntington YMCA, said when the announcement was first made about half-day kindergarten, the YMCA was “inundated with phone calls."

Although the plan did not come to full fruition, Knauer expressed positive sentiments regarding the efforts of the Huntington school district, Family Services League and who worked hard to respond to the needs of the community.

“It was wonderful to see the different agencies in the community come together,” Knauer said. “We need to do more of that.”

The is currently offering a half-day enrichment program on-site with space available in both the morning and afternoon classes, according to Knauer.

heather September 10, 2011 at 01:58 AM
I dont think the "need failed to materialize"...i just think those who need it the most arent able to afford it...and that will be a detriment to all of our schools.....
Abby September 10, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Couldn't agree more, Heather.
rmms September 12, 2011 at 02:09 PM
I also think the hours were not sufficient for working parents. With no aftercare available, private school was the only solution.

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