Full-Day Kindergarten Registration For September 2011 Underway
McGuinty Government Giving More Children A Stronger Start In School
Parents of about 50,000 four- and five-year-olds across the province are now registering their children for their very first day of school - in full-day kindergarten.
Starting in September 2011, full-day kindergarten will be offered in almost 800 Ontario schools. This will mark the second year for the full-day program, which focuses on giving our youngest learners the best possible start and provides a solid foundation for future learning. The program will be available at all schools provincewide by 2015.
Students will benefit from a classroom with both an early childhood educator and a teacher, who work together throughout the day to help children learn, play and grow.Full-day kindergarten is the next phase of the Open Ontario Plan. A full day of learning early in life makes the transition to Grade 1 easier for both parents and children. Also, students who achieve early success in school are more likely to perform well later in school and go on to postsecondary education.
- Registration for full-day and part-time kindergarten programs is already taking place at many elementary schools. Contact your local school board for details about registration in your community.
- Like existing kindergarten programs, full-day kindergarten will remain optional for four- and five-year-olds.
- To register for kindergarten, most boards require your child's identification documents, including birth certificate, birth registry/baptismal certificate, Ontario Health Card and immunization record.
- Where there is sufficient parent demand, schools will also offer an optional before- and after-school program.
- Find out more about full-day kindergarten, and which schools offer it.
- Find out more about the integrated, before- and after-school programs.
- Meet some families who are benefiting from full-day kindergarten.
- Find tips to support your children's learning at Ontario.ca/abc123.
“It's been five months since we first opened the doors for full-day kindergarten, and children and families are excited about their experiences with the program - and even more will be participating next year. We all benefit from this investment in our future. Working together, we can give our children the best possible start - in school, and life.”
“Kindergarten is the start of an exciting adventure for children and their families, and full-day kindergarten offers so many extra benefits. We've had great success with the program this year, and are looking forward to building on that next year.”