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Full-day Kindergarten Registration Now Underway

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Full-day Kindergarten Registration Now Underway

Program Getting Results, Rollout Complete this September Across the Province

Ministry of Education

Ontario is encouraging parents to register their four- and five-year-old children for full-day kindergarten this September, completing the province-wide rollout of this important program that gives kids the best possible start.

Registration is underway at many of the province's elementary schools. By this fall, full-day kindergarten will be available for all four- and five-year olds in Ontario, benefitting almost 265,000 students in approximately 3,600 publicly funded schools across the province.

 A recent study measured the progress and development of students who were enrolled in full-day kindergarten compared to those who participated in half-day programs. The results found that Ontario's youngest learners who completed full-day kindergarten are better prepared to enter Grade 1 and to be more successful in school in all areas the study explored.

Giving children the best possible start is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people and ensure everyone has access to a world-class education.

Quick Facts

  • Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their local school board for details about registration in their community.
  • To register, most school boards require identification documents such as a birth certificate, birth registry/baptismal certificate, Ontario health card, and immunization record.
  • About 1,000 more schools will be offering full-day kindergarten this September.
  • Ontario families can save up to $6,500 per year in child care costs by enrolling their child in full-day kindergarten.

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Liz Sandals

“We are proud of our innovative full-day kindergarten program which is the biggest transformation our education system has seen in a generation. We know that children who complete full-day kindergarten are now better prepared for success in Grade 1 and beyond.”

Liz Sandals

Minister of Education

Media Contacts

  • Heather Irwin

    Communications Branch

    heather.irwin@ontario.ca

    416-325-2454

  • Patrick Searle

    Minister's Office

    Patrick.Searle@ontario.ca

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