Full-day Kindergarten Coming To 20 More Toronto Schools In 2011
McGuinty Government Helping Prepare Children For Grade One
Twenty Toronto elementary schools will open their doors for the first time to full-day kindergarten in September 2011.
The selection of 2011 full-day kindergarten schools is the next step toward the full implementation of the program by 2015-16.
In total, 121 local schools will offer the program in 2011. There are already 101 local schools selected for the first year of full-day kindergarten that starts this September. Parents can visit Ontario.ca/EarlyLearning to find out which local schools will offer the program during the first year.
Full-day kindergarten is an important part of the government's Open Ontario Plan. It provides kids with a strong foundation for future learning, so they can go on to postsecondary education and get a good job. Full-day kindergarten and seamless before- and after-school programs also help busy parents save time and money.
- Toronto Catholic District School Board will receive $2,276,116 in capital funding to build, expand and equip classrooms in schools that will begin to offer full-day kindergarten in 2011-12.
- Toronto District School Board will receive $4,628,219 in capital funding to build, expand and equip classrooms in schools that will begin to offer full-day kindergarten in 2011-12.
- The program will be offered in nearly 600 schools across the province this fall and will be expanded to 204 more schools in 2011-12.
- Full-day kindergarten will include optional integrated before- and after-school programs in which parents can choose to enrol their child for a reasonable fee.
- Subsidies for the before- and after-school programs will be provided based on existing child care subsidy eligibility criteria.
“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.”
“I'm excited that our government is moving forward with the implementation of this innovative program. Full-day kindergarten will give Toronto children a stronger start on their learning and is the next step in Ontario's plan to improve education, create a stronger school system and build a well-educated work force.”
“We're looking forward to implementing full-day kindergarten in more of our Catholic elementary schools. I am confident that this program will give our children - and their families - the support they need to learn, play and grow.”