Why Has Loveland Expanded Full-Day Kindergarten?

  • Loveland City School District has expanded full-day kindergarten offerings to meet the needs of our families. The tuition collected for full-day kindergarten covers costs associated with the expanded offering. The program provides a full-day option for working families and allows students academic support and intervention at an earlier age. 

    The district has made several changes to help meet the needs of our families. In the past, there has been a cut-off for the number of full-day kindergarten students we could accommodate, and families were entered into a lottery to learn if they would win one of those spots. 

    In the 2020-21 school year, we realigned our facilities. All first-grade classrooms are now at Loveland Primary School, freeing up classroom space at LECC. That allowed us to expand the number of full-day kindergarten classes to meet the demand from families. 

    In 2021-2022, we raised the cut-off to 168 students, serving an additional 48 full-day kindergarten students. Even with that higher cut-off, there was still a waitlist of families looking for a full-day spot. We eliminated the cut-off for the 2022-23 school year and worked to accommodate as many full-day families as possible. We now have 219 full-day kindergarten students. 

     

    School Year

    # Full-Day KG Students

    # Full-Day KG Classrooms

    Tuition

    2019-20

    120 (assigned by lottery)

    5

    $2,970

    2020-21

    120 (assigned by lottery)

    5

    $3,465

    2021-22

    168

    7

    $3,465

    2022-23

    219 (as of 9/20/22)

    10

    $3,465

     

    Full-day kindergarten is not mandated by the state of Ohio. Families are charged tuition of $3,465 per student. The tuition collected covers all costs of the expanded program, including teachers, support staff, transportation, and supplies. Families that qualify for the National School Lunch Program have that tuition waived. Historically, Loveland has had about 10% of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch under that program. 

    In this video, Superintendent Mike Broadwater explains more: