All-Day Kindergarten Introduction

  • We are pleased to announce that New Albany Early Learning Center will continue to offer a tuition-based all-day kindergarten program for the 2020-2021 school year. This program began in 2015 in response to parent interest in options beyond our half-day kindergarten program. The program will be offered in addition to the half-day kindergarten classes. We hope the information included on this website will provide answers to questions you may have about the all-day program. Please do not hesitate to contact Principal Michelle Unger with questions not addressed below at  Thank you for your interest in the program!


  • Why does New Albany have a tuition-based all-day kindergarten program when some neighboring districts offer all-day kindergarten at no-cost to parents?

    Ohio law requires a taxpayer supported half-day kindergarten program be offered in every school district. Some communities have elected to expand their kindergarten programs to full day, which is why it is inconsistent from district to district. With available state and local school funding scarce, the option for all-day kindergarten in New Albany requires parents whose children directly benefit from the program to pay the full cost for the additional half-day at school. Funds from the district’s operating accounts are not used for the program.

    How much will the all day kindergarten program cost?  

    The tuition for all-day kindergarten will remain $5,424 for the 2020-21 school year, the same cost since the program’s creation in 2015.  A deposit equal to one trimester’s payment ($1808) will be due shortly after a child is accepted into the program.  A second trimester payment of $1808 will be due in November 2020, and a final trimester payment due in February, 2021. Failure to pay will result in your child being moved into a half-day class for the remainder of the school year.

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  • Can I guarantee a spot for my child in the all day kindergarten program?

    To guarantee your child is in the all day kindergarten program, follow these steps:

    1. Complete and submit all 10 of the online enrollment forms by March 2, 2020.
    2. Print and sign the All Day Kindergarten tuition agreement (click here for form)
    3. Write a check payable to New Albany Plain Local Schools for $1,808.00
    4. Remit the form and check via US Mail to: New Albany Early Learning Center, ATTN: Heidi Harper, 5101 Swickard Woods Blvd, New Albany, Ohio 43054 no later than March 2, 2020. (If you prefer, you may drop off the form and check in person between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm on school days)
    5. Participate in Kindergarten Registration during your scheduled appointment on April 23 or 24 and submit all of the required enrollment documents. To participate in Kindergarten Registration in April, you must complete Steps 1 and 2 on the kindergarten registration website:

    If I don’t guarantee a spot in the program by March 2, 2020 is there still a chance to have my child enroll in all day kindergarten?  

    The March 2, 2020 deadline allows the school district to secure enough kindergarten teachers to teach the all day program and plan for how many teachers are needed for the half-day program.  We do not want to risk having class sizes that are significantly larger or smaller in either program. Controlling the number of students admitted into the all day kindergarten programs allows control for class size. However, there still may be spaces available in the all day program after March 2.  After March 2, 2020 the tuition-based All Day Kindergarten spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis. If there are no openings you may be placed on a waiting list. Please contact Ginger Collins at to be placed on this list.   

    If my child is in the all-day kindergarten program and I change my mind, do I lose my deposit?

    If you decide to not participate in the program after enrolling, please call Principal Michelle Unger at 614-413-8700 as soon as possible (but no later than June 1, 2020) so another student can be offered your child’s place. Your deposit will be refunded as long as you notify Mrs. Unger by June 1, 2020.

    If I qualify for SNAP or the federal free and reduced lunch programs, how does that impact the monthly tuition?

    If you qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or the federal free and reduced lunch program, your tuition will be discounted as dictated by Ohio law. The enrollment process for the all-day kindergarten program is conducted without financial need as a consideration, so being eligible for reduced tuition neither helps nor harms your status. Students qualifying for free lunch will have the tuition rate reduced by 50% (annual tuition of $2,712), and students qualifying for reduced-lunch will have a reduction of 25% (annual tuition of $4,068).

    How do I find out if I am eligible for the federal free and reduced lunch program?

    If you qualify for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), you will qualify for the free lunch program. If you are not part of SNAP, you can visit the Ohio Department of Education website for a chart to review this school year’s income eligibility guidelines for the federal free and reduced lunch program. Please know that New Albany Schools cannot predict what the income levels will be for next school year. That information will be released this summer. For more information, click here to go to the Ohio Department of Education website and review the file titled “Income Eligibility Guidelines.” Currently, fewer than 10% of families in the New Albany School District qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program.

    When does the all-day kindergarten academic day begin and end? 

    Please visit the "Our School Day" webpage for the New Albany Early Learning Center and the 2020-2021 district calendar to learn more about the 2020-2021 school calendar and current start and end times.  Please note that the start and end times are subject to change.  

    Will my child receive bus services to and from school as part of their all-day kindergarten program?

    The children in the all-day kindergarten program will receive the same level of bus service as the other students in the district. Currently, all elementary students are eligible for bus service. Bus stop locations and pick-up and drop-off times will be established this summer.

    If my child is absent from school due to illness or family trips, can we have the tuition pro-rated?

    The tuition is not altered based on a student’s attendance at school.

    If we relocate to another community, can we stop tuition payments or are we committed to pay for the entire year?

    If a child is transferring to another school, or if a parent elects to discontinue the all-day program for the half-day program, future tuition payments will not be required past the child’s final day in the program. If a student withdrawls after a "trimster payment" has been made - a refund will not be given.

    I do not live in the New Albany school district, but I plan to before my child begins kindergarten. Can I guarantee a spot for all-day kindergarten?

    The enrollment for all-day indergarten will be limited to those families who are eligible to participate in Kindergarten Registration on April 23 or 24.  Residing in the school district is a requirement to participate in New Albany’s kindergarten registration. If a parent moves into the district after the guarantee date, the parent can request to be placed on the waiting list. The order on the waiting list for new families will be based on when their enrollment paperwork is submitted and accepted.

    Will the students in all-day kindergarten eat lunch at school and have classes such as art, music, and wellness?

    The all-day kindergarten student’s schedule will be similar to the routine of a first grade student. There will be a daily lunch period, where students may either purchase or bring a lunch. There will also be a daily “specials” class taught by a specialist, which will likely rotate between art class, music class, and wellness (physical education) class.

    My child is in kindergarten at a private school this year, and I would like my child to attend kindergarten again at New Albany Early Learning Center. Can I enroll for all-day kindergarten?

    If you decide for your child to repeat kindergarten next year, please take part in Kindergarten Registration on April 23 or 24.  You can use the guaranteed enrollment option explained earlier in the FAQ. Whether or not the 2020-21 school year is your child’s first or second year of kindergarten will not impact eligibility for all-day kindergarten.

    How many students will be in each all-day kindergarten class?

    The goal is to have the number of students in the all-day classes be similar to the enrollment in the half-day classes. It will be difficult to predict the class sizes until Kindergarten enrollment is complete at the end of summer. 

    Who will be the teachers for the all-day kindergarten classes?

    The teachers will be determined this spring.  Parents will be notified of their child’s teacher assignment in early August.

    My child’s birth date is not eligible for kindergarten in 2020, so I plan to apply for early entrance testing due to my child’s high cognitive skills. Can I do the guarantee option for All-Day Kindergarten?

    Kindergarten Registration on April 23 or 24 is only for children who turn five years old on or before August 1, 2020.  If a child who doesn’t meet the age requirement for kindergarten is admitted through the early entrance process, the parent can request to be added to the waiting list after the students who participated in Kindergarten Registration. Testing for early entrance will not begin until after April’s kindergarten registration is completed.

    Where can I learn more about the all-day kindergarten program?

    Principal Michelle Unger will be available at Kindergarten Registration on April 23 or 24. Also, you can call Mrs. Unger at 614-413-8700 or email her at with any questions or concerns.