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Full-Day Kindergarten Available Across Ontario

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Full-Day Kindergarten Available Across Ontario

Fully Implemented Program will Benefit 265,000 Children

Ministry of Education

Ontario has fully rolled out its full-day kindergarten (FDK) program, making it available to 265,000 four- and five-year-olds in approximately 3,600 schools across the province.  

By the end of the 2014-15 school year, almost half a million kids will have benefitted from FDK since it was first introduced in 2010. With more than $1.5 billion in funding to date, FDK is one of the most significant investments Ontario has made in education in a generation.

Overall, students in FDK are better prepared to enter Grade 1 and be more successful in school, as detailed in a recent study that compared students enrolled in full-day kindergarten with those in half-day programs. 

Fully implementing full-day kindergarten is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up by investing in people, building modern infrastructure and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • Studies show that a return on public investment in early learning is at least seven to one.
  • Ontario families can save up to $6,500 per year in child care costs by enrolling their child in full-day kindergarten.
  • Part of the $1.5 billion in funding for FDK has supported the creation of approximately 3,500 new kindergarten classrooms.
  • About 3,800 additional teaching positions and more than 10,000 early childhood educator (ECE) positions have been created as a result of FDK.

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Liz Sandals

“This is an important milestone. We’re very proud of our full-day kindergarten program, which is the biggest transformation our education system has seen in a generation. We want to give Ontario’s children the best possible start in life, and this will put them on a path toward future success. It positions Ontario as a leader in North America, and it better prepares our children for Grade 1 and beyond.”

Liz Sandals

Minister of Education

Media Contacts

  • Heather Irwin

    Communications Branch

    heather.irwin@ontario.ca

    416-325-2454

  • Richard Francella

    Minister's Office

    Richard.Francella2@ontario.ca

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