The ability of schools to welcome all children of kindergarten age regardless of their individual gifts, needs, levels of knowledge, skills, social-emotional and physical developmental states, cultural backgrounds and languages is critical to the success of children and to the continuance of learning begun in the early years. Schools also play an important role – along with parents and pre-schools – in facilitating children’s transitions from the home and/or pre-school into kindergarten. Schools help young children, from kindergarten through third grade, prepare for the more advanced academic work which will follow beginning in the forth grade.
One indicator of a school’s ability to support and nurture young children is the proportion of students per teacher in a given classroom.
In Walla Walla’s kindergarten classrooms there are, on average, 23 children per teacher.
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