No More Half-Days For East San Jose Preschoolers

EAST SAN JOSE (KCBS)— Fun and games are over for some preschoolers in Silicon Valley with a program unveiled Tuesday that would put them in school for a full eight-hour day, year round.

Students and parents at East San Jose’s Franklin McKinley School District were introduced to the new Educare Program, which also includes an institute to train teachers on the new education model.

“The new truth is everything you learn happened before kindergarten,” said Superintendant John Porter commenting on how half days are over for the young ones.

Porter said it’s a full-service program housed in a new complex that will address both education and health-related concerns.

Also on board is Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino.

“Brain development (90%) occurs before the age 5, yet our K-12 education system starts after the age 5. What’s wrong with this picture? Educare solves that challenge,” Guardino said.

Educare is part of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force and will serve the city’s Santee neighborhood.

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