Frequently-asked questions about tuition-based, full-day kindergarten

Q: What is tuition-based kindergarten?
A: Tuition-based, full-day kindergarten is a district program that requires parents to pay tuition for the second half of the school day. Tuition covers the cost of materials and half of the salary and benefits of a certificated teacher.

Q: Why do parents have to pay tuition for kindergarten?
A: The state of Washington only covers the cost for half-day kindergarten. As a result, the second half of the day requires funding from different sources.
  • Some schools in Washington State with significant numbers of students on free- or reduced-price meals receive state funding to cover the cost of the second half of the day. Those schools are identified and selected by the state. Two elementary schools in Vancouver School District are state funded: Fruit Valley Community Learning Center and Peter S. Ogden Elementary School.

Q: Does tuition cover the cost of full-time childcare (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)?
A: No, childcare is not included in the full-day program. Tuition-based, full-day kindergarten operates during the regular school day, 8:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m., Monday – Friday.