The following was among actions taken at Tuesday's meeting of the Montgomery County Council. For more information, call 217-7900.
KINDERGARTEN/DAY CARE -- The council, questioning both the expense and academic benefits of all-day kindergarten classes, established a joint school and county committee to design a demonstration program that would offer kindergarten students a half day of instruction coupled with a half day of day care. The day care program would be operated by nonprofit daycare providers under contract with Montgomery County.
Under the resolution sponsored by council President Michael L. Subin and council member William E. Hanna Jr., the group next month must present a plan to the council, County Executive Sidney Kramer and the school board. The model programs could be in place in several elementary schools this fall.
Council members emphasize that the program does not reflect an intent to scrap all-day kindergarten classes. They claim instead that the move represents an attempt to meet the growing need for day care at a lower cost than an all-day academic program.
Thirty-three of the county's 105 elementary schools currently have some type of all-day kindergarten classes. The District, the City of Falls Church, and Fauquier and Stafford counties offer all-day programs to all kindergartners. In Prince George's County, a limited number of schools offer all-day kindergarten classes.