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More Ontario Children In Full-Day Kindergarten

More Than 200 Additional Schools In 2011 Will Help Kids Prepare For Grade 1

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June 15, 2010

More than 200 additional schools will offer full-day kindergarten starting in September 2011. In Oak Ridges Markham, Académie de la Moraine, St Patrick’s Catholic School and St Mark’s Catholic school have been added to the nearly 600 schools that will offer full-day kindergarten for the first time this fall.

Full-day kindergarten is an important part of the McGuinty Government’s Open Ontario Plan. It provides kids with a strong foundation for future learning. In full-day kindergarten classrooms, teachers and early childhood educators (ECEs) will work together to help children learn and grow during the regular school day. Together, they will blend learning and play throughout the day.

Ontario is investing in the education of our youngest students to better prepare them for future success. Full-day kindergarten will improve their reading, writing and math skills, provide a smoother transition to Grade 1, help more students achieve success at school, and help create a stronger economy for the future.

QUOTES

“I’m excited about this next step forward with full-day kindergarten. Putting our kids on track for future success at school, while making the day easier for hard-working Ontario parents, is the right thing to do.”

— Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

“Families in Oak Ridges-Markham will benefit greatly from our government implementing full-day kindergarten” said Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP, Oak Ridges-Markham. “This program will better equip Ontario’s children to not only transition into Grade 1 more smoothly, but also jump start their education and give them a stronger start on their learning.”

“We are taking a responsible and measured approach to implementing full-day kindergarten. By expanding this program to up to 50,000 children in 2011-12, we are giving more children and their families the opportunity for a seamless day of learning and play.”

— Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education

QUICK FACTS

§Up to 50,000 four- and five-year-olds in nearly 800 schools will attend full-day kindergarten starting in September 2011.

§The government is providing approximately $245 million to school boards to build new classrooms and renovate existing ones over the next two years.

§Full-day kindergarten will include optional integrated before- and after-school programs in which parents can choose to enroll their child for a reasonable fee.

LEARN MORE

Find out how Ontario is bringing full-day kindergarten to more children.

See how full-day kindergarten is part of Ontario’s plan to reduce poverty.

The complete list of schools that will offer full-day kindergarten is available at Ontario.ca/EarlyLearning. All elementary schools should have full-day kindergarten by 2015-16.

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