Woodland district adds full-day kindergarten at Yale school

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Yale Elementary School is adding tuition-free, full-day kindergarten, thanks to state money for schools with high percentages of students who receive free or reduced-price meals.

The small, rural elementary school in the Yale Valley has only four or five kindergarten students in a multi-age classroom for students from kindergarten through second grade, said Michael Green, Woodland superintendent.

The district's other elementary, Woodland Primary School, has a lower percentage of students eligible for subsidized meals, so its kindergarten will continue to be a half-time program in which students attend two full days and one half-day per week.

Kindergartners must be 5 years old by Aug. 31. For details, call the district office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 360-841-2700.