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More Early Childhood Educators Ready For The Classroom

McGuinty Government Preparing For Ongoing Implementation Of Full-day Kindergarten

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Nearly 700 people have returned to school to pursue careers as early childhood educators (ECEs) through the Second Career program over the past two years.

Second Career helps laid-off workers learn new skills and retrain for new careers in high demand.  It provides help with the cost of tuition, books, living expenses and other expenses associated with training for a new career.

This program will help meet the growing demand for ECEs as Ontario phases in full-day kindergarten in elementary schools over the next five years. In full-day kindergarten classrooms, registered ECEs - such as those trained through Second Career - are working alongside certified teachers to help four- and five-year-olds learn, grow and play. Children benefit from a full day of play-based learning, supported by two qualified educators. ECEs are also responsible for the integrated before- and after-school programs that are offered as part of full-day kindergarten at some schools.

Full-day kindergarten and Second Career are helping new and returning students reach their full potential and are part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to create jobs and grow the economy.

Quick Facts

  • At full implementation, there will be up to 20,000 ECE positions supporting full-day kindergarten.
  • There are currently over 27,000 ECEs registered in Ontario.
  • Full-day kindergarten is being offered in almost 600 schools this year, and will be available in almost 800 schools in 2011-12.
  • Since June 2008, Second Career has helped almost 35,000 laid-off workers.
  • Second Career is one of a range services provided by Employment Ontario.

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“Students who achieve early success in school are more likely to perform well later in school and go on to postsecondary education. Early childhood educators will play an important role in full-day kindergarten classrooms, supporting our young children as they start a lifelong journey of learning.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Education

“Ontario needs highly skilled workers to compete in today's global economy. Second Career offers laid-off workers an opportunity to retrain for today's high-skill jobs.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“Thanks to help from Second Career, I've been able to pursue my true vocation - working with children.”

Debbie Drodge

Early Childhood Education student

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