Full day k going well in South Colonie

"From all accounts, it's been a resounding success," he said. "Some of the growing pains we thought we were going to have, we really didn't have."

One area some might have expected full-day kindergarten to affect is after school care.

With students in school longer, the need for after school care could have altered.

But according to Mary Burke, director of the Town of Colonie Youth Bureau, after school programs have not changes drastically.

One of the changes to the programs include having to provide students snacks, Burke said.

"We have to provide snacks in the morning and snack in the afternoon," she said. "We always had snack here, but the kids could bring their own. Now, we have to have a snack menu that is approved on a monthly basis."

The type of snacks that are available to the children include cut up bagels, graham crackers, animal crackers, fruits and more.

Another of the small changes to the programs at the Colonie Youth Bureau are the ages it serves.

"We used to do k - . Now we're doing pre-k through 6," she said. "We added fifth and sixth grade."

While adding the older grades did not have much to do with full-day kindergarten, Burke said this year, parents whose children were in the middle schools had wanted to continue sending their children to the Youth Bureau for after school programs.

The Youth Bureau does rely on the transportation provided by the district to transport the students to and from the facility to school.

Buhner said the transportation department has also adjusted well to the full-day kindergarten transition.

"We seem to have all those bugs worked out and it seems to be going great," he said.

For more on this story, check back at www.spotlightnews.com, or read the Wednesday, Nov. 18, print edition of the Colonie Spotlight.""

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