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  • March 02, 2011

More Full-Day Kindergarten Coming To York Region

McGuinty Government Expands Program By 62 More Local Schools

Even more four and five year-olds will benefit from the full-day kindergarten program in September 2012 in York Region.

By fall 2012, more than 62 local schools will start to offer full-day kindergarten. These new schools are the next step toward the full implementation of the program by September 2014.

Over 5730 local children will benefit from full-day kindergarten by September 2012.

To ensure these schools are ready to welcome students, school boards will receive funding for major capital projects where new kindergarten space is required and other minor renovations are needed. This funding will also allow boards to retain space in their schools that is used for other programs, such as child care centers.

These schools are in addition to the nearly 54 local schools that will offer the program by this fall. Parents can visit\EarlyLearning to find out which local schools will be offering full-day kindergarten this fall.

Full-day kindergarten is the next step in the government’s Open Ontario Plan to strengthen education.


"Local families in York Region are already benefiting from full-day kindergarten this year and by expanding the program we are giving more young people in Ontario a stronger start and a better chance for future success."

~ Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham

"An early start on learning is crucial for future success. By expanding full-day kindergarten to even more schools in 2012, we are giving more children the opportunities and support they need to thrive."

~ Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education


    • Full-day kindergarten is currently available at 54 local schools in York Region.
    • The Ontario government has allocated $420 million to help schools make room for full-day kindergarten.
    • Across the province, full-day kindergarten will be offered at about 1,700 schools in September 2012.
    • Full-day kindergarten will be available in all elementary schools by 2014.



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